Judaism has been an integral part of German and European culture, history and society for many centuries.
Jewish life, however, is barely visible in many social spheres. In school textbooks and other educational media, it is often reduced to individual elements or a few historical epochs, and at times it is marked by distorted and undifferentiated depictions.
Furthermore, hostile attitudes toward Jews that become apparent time and again in different manifestations – in school environments and elsewhere – give cause for concern. It is unacceptable that Jews cannot allow themselves to be recognized as such for fear of anti- Semitic attacks and that people on the street use Israeli policy as a pretext to chant anti- Semitic slogans.
Dr. Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany:
“The Central Council of Jews in Germany is convinced that Hitler’s scorning propaganda “Mein Kampf” must remain prohibited. Law enforcement authorities should rigorously prosecute the distribution and sale of the book. There is a great danger that this book will increasingly be circulated on the market after the expiry of the copyright.
Statement by the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, on the currant terror attacks in Israel
"Yesterday again Israel was hit by massive terror attacks. Terrorists opened fire deliberately in a bus in Jerusalem which caused 15 casualties, while another assailant drove his car directly into a crowd of people. Until now three persons have died and many of the injured are in a critical condition.
For over two weeks by now there have been daily attacks on Israeli citizens which have left many people badly injured. Some of the injured people have sadly succumbed to their wounds.
Regrettably there is little media coverage of this new wave of terror that strikes Israel and in most cases, Israel is accused to be the “aggressor”. This is a distortion of facts which we will not silently accept anymore.
Statement by Dr. Josef Schuster on the current debate around the security situation
Statement by Dr. Josef Schuster, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, on the current debate around the security situation for German Jews:
“Regrettably we are witnessing a raise of antisemitism across Europe. As well here in Germany we are facing a challenging situation. Not only since the brutal terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, the antisemitism coming from the radical Muslim sides is posing a critical problem, not only for Jews but for our whole society and our democratic values.
Speech given by Dr. Dieter Graumann, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, at the rally “Stand up! Never again anti-Semitism!”, September 14th, 2014
as I look around, I am very glad indeed to see that so many people have come together here today to send out a signal. It gives me a measure of strength and confidence, and it does us the world of good.
It was beyond my wildest imaginings that we here in Germany would ever have to gather to protest against anti-Semitism together. But now that it has become necessary, we stand united and resolute here to show that there can be no place for anti-Semitism! Under no circumstances whatsoever! We will fight for this with all our might and with all our passion! Everyone in the whole world should be aware of this!
An interview with Dieter Graumann, Chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany | RP Online, 31.07.2014
In response to the “most abhorrent anti-Semitism“, our editors interviewed the Chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, who is asking where the support and assistance of the civil society is. Many Jewish people are very unsettled and are asking if it’s once again time to pack their suitcases and leave Germany.
Cologne – "The vat of hatred that is being poured out against Israel is unspeakable," said the Vice-President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dr. Dieter Graumann, at a large pro-Israeli demonstration titled "Fair play for Israel – for truth and solidarity" that took place in Cologne on 13 June 2010 ...
The Central Council of Jews in Germany has called for calm in the debate over the Israeli raid on an international aid flotilla. "We should keep a cool head instead of spouting hot air," said the Central Council's Vice-President, Dieter Graumann, in an interview with the news agency ddp. He said that while it was entirely legitimate to ask whether Israel's actions were proportionate, he thought "the cascade of hatred" pouring down on Israel was exaggerated ...
The Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Stephan J. Kramer, has described Germany's efforts to come to terms with its Nazi past as "half-hearted and hypocritical". He told the newspaper Rheinland am Sonntag that the case of the mass murderer Martin Sandberger, who had lived undisturbed in a German nursing home, was a further demonstration of "how little interest Germany had had in prosecuting Nazi criminals during all those years" ...
In an interview with the DAPD news agency, the Vice-President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, has harshly criticised German companies doing business with Iran. He said such companies deserved "shame and contempt" for their "de-facto complicity with Tehran's regime of terror" and called on the government to adopt sanctions against Iran ...