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Germany marks pogrom anniversary with vigils

AFP, BERLIN

The account has already attracted more than 4,200 followers, with organizers saying they hope to reach a younger generation of Germans by harnessing social media.

Against the backdrop of the commemorations, a report by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency on Friday showed that anti-Semitism has deepened across Europe over the past five years, facilitated by social media and file-sharing Web sites.

Last week German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to be watchful for the dangers of anti-Semitism, calling Kristallnacht “one of the darkest moments in German history.”

While she hailed the flourishing Jewish community in Germany now numbering more than 200,000 people, she said that “the reality that no Jewish institution can be left without police protection.”

In Austria, where Jews were also targeted in the wake of the German annexation, Austrian President Heinz Fischer was to speak yesterday during ceremonies organized by the Jewish community.

In Warsaw, a thousand people chanting: “No to fascism and nationalism” and “Holocaust, never again” marched on Saturday to the spot from where the Jews of the Warsaw ghetto were deported to concentration camps.

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