The beauty of statistics: They can turn shocking realities into dry, digestible facts. A study released last month by an independent expert committee in Germany contained 204 pages filled with statistics on anti-Semitic trends there. As comprehensive as the report – which was commissioned by the Bundestag in 2009 – is, so are its results worrying. Among its “highlights” are the fact that every sixth German believes that the country’s Jews “have too much influence”; one in eight thinks Jews “share the guilt for their persecutions”; and 45 percent feel that “Jews still talk too much about what they went through during the Holocaust.”
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