News: Fear replaced communal atmosphere in Donetsk’s Jewish community as armed men handed out a leaflet Passover eve calling on Jews register their religion and property with the interim pro-Russian government or face deportation and loss of citizenship.
I’m scared of what would happen after they register…
I googled it. Multiple news sources are covering this. This is actually happening. This is terrifying.
My first thought is that this would lead to something bigger. I don’t know if it would be on the scale of the Holocaust, but registering of Jews was an early part of it.
i want to reblog this 1000000000000099999 times im fucking flipping my fucking shit here
after kansas city shooting i fucking like didnt sleep and now this and i feel like fucking harry potter when theyre all like figuring out voldemorts coming back “it feels like it did before…HE’S back”
except antisemitism never left, it never disappeared
i duno how to handle this fear and these fucking horrible feelings and the fear and anxiety and
fucking no no no no no
Antisemitism has been back on the rise (not that it was gone) in Europe for awhile now. I don’t have time to really source hunt right now, so I may come back and add stuff, but for now here is an ADL link. Take note of Hungary and look up some stuff about Jobbik, the third largest political party in Hungary right now. Long story short: I fear for the Jewish and Romani people in Hungary right now. (Spain’s numbers worry me too.)
Here are some select “isolated” incidents from 2014 so far. This list isn’t exhaustive, but like I said I don’t have time to really do research right now. Here is a 2013 NYT article about antisemitism in Europe.
And now with this going it feels like this are only going to escalate.
There is a very long history of antisemitism in Russia so this sadly does not surprise me. Literally the history spans all three incarnations of Russia: the Russian Empire, the USSR, and modern-day Russia.
When the Russian Empire absorbed Poland that started the feud. The authorities spread the antisemitism and actively encouraged pogroms and killings of Jews, especially after Jews were required to move into the Pale of Settlement. After all, it’s far easier to wound and decimate your prey when they’re penned up and helpless. The Pale existed up until World War I and was the buffer for Russia against the German army.
Right before the collapse of the USSR, a massive wave of Jewish refugees fled Russia as the emigration laws on Jews were temporarily relaxed.
I had hoped the time of pogroms where my ancestors walked was long past, but I see them coming again.