Dinah Spritzer
JTA Wire Service

NOVEMBER 13, 2007

With several hundred neo-Nazis preparing to descend upon Prague’s Jewish quarter for a brazen march on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, Prague’s small Jewish community found some unusual allies: anarchists, a Muslim leader and thousands of non-Jewish Czechs.

On a freezing Sabbath afternoon that marked the 69th anniversary of the Night of Broken Glass, the neo-Nazis got the boot in the Czech capital — literally, in some cases.

Thousands of Czechs filled the streets Saturday to protest the neo-Nazis in an unusually large and emotional show of solidarity with the country’s Jews that in some cases turned violent.

Masses of non-Jews marched through the streets, many wearing yellow Stars of David inscribed with the word “Jude,” while a few anarchists clashed with neo-Nazis in bloody street fights. The anarchists kicked and stomped two neo-Nazis until they lay dripping with blood in front of the Charles University Law School.