Like America, Germany faces renewed racial tension with shadows from a troubled past. A terrorist in military garb burst into a synagogue in Hamburg on the festival of Sukkot, known to many Christians as the Feast of Tabernacles. A local student observed that “this is a public holiday we celebrate outside, a festival of openness, not one where you have to hide yourself.”
The attacker carried a swastika in his pocket and savagely beat a 26-year-old student with a shovel, causing grievous head injuries.
Only 200,000 Jews live in Germany, less than one fourth of one percent of the population. Yet even in America, with a vastly stronger Jewish community, synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh and Poway plus anti-Semitic incidents across the country show savage Jew hatred didn’t die with Hitler.