Leipzig: how an anti-Semitic incident heightened concerns over far-right re-emergence

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aAn ugly encounter in Leipzig in which a luxury hotel manager allegedly asked an Israeli-German singer to cover his Star of David necklace first if he wanted a room, sparked a disturbing rise in anti-Semitism in the country. has prompted an emotional nationwide debate about Have fought for a long time to atone for the Holocaust.

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A little-known 39-year-old singer, Gil Ofrim, has become a lightning rod for the issue of latent anti-Semitism in Germany when he went public earlier in the week with a social media video in which he described how staff members Czech -The hotel first ignored him while standing in line and then, when he asked why he was being ignored, they told him to call his Star of David’s if he wanted to get the keys to his room. to hide. Employees denied the incident. The hotel suspended the staff till the results of the police investigation.

“He told me to put my star away to allow me to check-in,” Ofrim said in a short selfie video that went viral after he filmed himself in the lobby of a Leipzig hotel right after the incident. happened. Close to tears, the singer said: “Is this true? Is this Germany in 2021?”. As a footnote, Ofreem added it particularly disappointing that no one around him in the line spoke out against discrimination.

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