London: “It’s a crisis,” says historian James Renton. “Europe is in a dangerous place.”
“The floodgates are open,” agrees the European Commission’s Katharina von Schnurbein.
“Anti-Semitism is on the rise, all across Europe.”
On the continent that saw the Holocaust, Jewish people are worried. In Germany many had metaphorically put their suitcases in the cellar – but they are now wondering if they should bring them back upstairs and start packing.
Schnurbein, the commision’s co-ordinator for combatting anti-Semitism, calls it a seismograph. “Whenever anti-Semitism has been on the rise, you know that something bigger is going on. It is a sign that something is going wrong with society.”