Expert Discussion

Eloquent silence? Dealing with antisemitism at school

The range of antisemitic incidents varies from latent antisemitic indications and overtones to verbal and physical violence. The report published on the 25th of April, 2017 by the second independent expert circle Antisemitism illustrates these different categories of experience. Moreover the results of the integrated study, interviewing Jewish people in Germany, provide us with a further explanation: for Jewish people the experience of antisemitism is an everyday burden. The non-Jewish community, however, finds antisemitism in rather irrelevant today's socio-political context. This perception discrepancy should be alarming, as it can, especially in such sensitive spheres as school, lead to misjudgements and the lack of necessary intervention.

Nevertheless, an increase in competence for addressing antisemitism which is to be understood not only as a learning object, but also as a relevant category of experience does not appear by itself. It requires educational and political support in recognising relevance of antisemitism and putting strategies into action. The essential role in this process belongs to the space for reflection and sharing for the people affected as well as educators.

The discussion took place in cooperation with the Kreuzberg Initiative against Antisemitism and provided space for exchange and discussion about action strategies which are not only possible, but also urgently needed. ​