June 20, 2004

BEFORE:

French Nazi hunter encourages Jews to leave France (Etgar Lefkovits, Jun. 19, 2004, Jerusalem Post)

Six decades after the end of the Holocaust, the prominent French Nazi-hunter Serge Klarsfeld said this weekend that French Jews would be best off leaving the country.

"One of the lessons of the Holocaust is that even if you want to fight against a wave of anti-Semitism, the best [thing] is to leave if you can," Klarsfeld said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post during a visit to Israel.

At the same time, Klarsfeld, who lives in Paris, said that he does not expect there be a great wave of Jewish emigration from France to either Israel or the US because most French Jews are well off.

While clearly differentiating between the rise of Nazi power in the late 1930s and the situation in France today, Klarsfeld drew a direct parallel to the Holocaust, stating that history has proven it would have been best "had the Jews of Poland and the Jews of Austria left Europe when they could have."

Klarsfeld's remarks come on the heels of reports that the Jewish Agency was planning to launch a campaign to persuade French Jews to immigrate to Israel to escape a wave of anti-Semitism.


Why would any decent person stay in France?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 20, 2004 2:36 PM
Comments

I forget who it was who said that the jews are the cannaries in the mineshafts of civiliztion.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 21, 2004 2:14 AM
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