Friday, December 26, 2008

Benjamin Weinthal: Mission apolitical

The original mission of the publicly funded center, founded in 1982 by a Jewish survivor of the Nazis, was to study anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, as well as xenophobia and racism in general. In recent years, however, the center has increasingly focused on discrimination against non-Jewish minorities. Reflecting this tendency, Wolfgang Benz, the center’s director since 1990, wrote in a preview to this month’s conference that “The fury of the new enemies of Islam parallels the older rage of anti-Semites against the Jews.”

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