Anti-Semitism is now on the rise in Europe -- especially in Germany -- and armed guards have been stationed at synagogues throughout that former Nazi nation for the start of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the CBS News website reports today (October 5, 2014).
Tensions have been building in Germany since demonstrations against last summer's Gaza war exposed a clear anti-Jewish sentiment in much of Europe.
"We haven't had this dimension at all before," said Deiter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. "When you imagine in German streets, people have chanting -- a roaring mob chanting -- Jews be gassed, to be slaughtered, to be burned."
"They (Jews in Germany) are worried," said Graumann. "And many Jews here ask the question 'Has our Jewish population a future in Germany?' I haven't heard that question for many, many years."