Commemorating the 1700th anniversary of the Jews in Germany, the German president said that it is always the country’s responsibility to face history honestly
China News Service, Berlin, February 21 (Reporter Dawei Peng) In order to commemorate the 1700th anniversary of the earliest recorded Jewish activities in Germany, Germany will hold a series of commemorative activities this year. At the launch ceremony held on the 21st, German President Steinmeier stated that when looking back at the history of the Jewish people in Germany in 1700, maintaining honesty “is always our responsibility.” He said that the Jews in Germany not only experienced liberation and prosperity, but also suffered humiliation, isolation and deprivation of rights. There had been massacres that betrayed all the values of civilization. Millions of European Jews were killed and Jewish culture was also suffered. destroy.
In 321 AD, Constantine the Great of the Roman Empire issued an edict allowing Jews to hold public office in Cologne. This edict is considered to be the earliest written proof of the existence of Jews living in today’s Germany.
p >Steinmeier attended the launching ceremony of the 1700 anniversary of Jews in Germany in the synagogue in Cologne that day. He said that whether in philosophy, literature, art or music, science, medicine, and business, Jews have played a key role in writing and shaping German history and illuminating German culture.
Steinmeier said that when looking back on this 1700-year history, Germans must remain honest, only in this way can they learn lessons for today and the future. “This is our responsibility, and it will always be the case.”
Steinmeier said that after the massacre that betrayed all civilization values, millions of European Jews were killed and Jewish culture was destroyed during this period, the famous Jewish scholar Li O. Baker once believed that “the era of the Jews in Germany is permanently over.” However, Steinmeier said that today, the Jews are back again, thanks to the Jewish immigrants who came to Germany from the former Soviet Union and the young Israelis who were attracted by Germany. He described this as a “surprise gift” that Germany received.
Steinmeier also said frankly that Jews are still facing threats in Germany and anti-Semitism is emerging more and more publicly. He specifically mentioned the case of a criminal in Germany who chose to attack a Jewish chapel on a Jewish holiday out of hatred.
Steinmeier emphasized that the Jews in Germany “are part of us” and “are part of our common identity.” He called on the Germans to stand up and firmly oppose those who question this. (End)