Nr61 German Ignorance - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Fabian
    • 17.03.07 | 09:09 (IST)

    Hi Ron, Well I'd say that the reason for this 'ignorance' is that most Germans haven't met anyone who's Jewish simply because there are only about 130.000 in Germany. A large number of them came after the implosion of the Soviet Union and are either totally alienated from Jewish religion or are ultra-orthodox (which puts a lot of stress on the local secular Jewish groups...compare to Russian oleh's in Israel). The first time ever I met someone Jewish was when I was four, yet I don't remember much, the second was a girl at Vienna University. If you have never ever seen someone who is Jewish, you are of course curious (probably as a consequence of Europe's past),so aside from the girl in Vienna being cute her background was a feature which caught my interest...so i wouldn't call it ignorance

    from the article: Seeing the Other more clearly
    First published 00:00 16.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 15.03.07
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