Fast-Growing Jewish Community Proof of Post-War Reconciliation

January 27, 2004

Source: United Jewish Communities

On January 27, 2004 United Jewish Communities posted a Deutsche Presse-Agentur article that reported, "Germany's fast-growing Jewish community is the best illustration of post-war reconciliation, the president of Berlin's parliament said Tuesday in an annual speech of atonement for the Holocaust. 'A special proof is that Jews are again living in Germany,' said Bundestag President Wolfgang Thierse in a speech to parliament's lower chamber on the anniversary of the January 27, 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Red Army. The number of Jews living in Germany has increased to over 100,000 from about 30,000 in 1990, the year of German reunification. The Jewish influx has been fuelled by Berlin's decision to allow Jews from the former East Bloc to settle in Germany - a move criticized by some Israelis. Thierse noted that Germany now had the third biggest Jewish population in Europe."