Berlin trägt Kippa (Berlin wears a kippah). Many of you will have seen the horrifying video of a young Israeli being attacked in Berlin for wearing a kippah which made headlines around the world earlier this week.
Earlier this evening, I stumbled across a demonstration outside the Jewish community centre in Charlottenburg where politicians and cultural figures from a range of backgrounds used this attack to address the issue of anti-semitism in Germany. The event encouraged attendees to show solidarity by donning a kippah, one of the speakers even suggested turning Fridays in Berlin into a kippah day across the city.
Among the best speakers was Green Party leader, @cem.oezdemir who with his passionate rhetoric and rejection of all extremism (he reserves particular disdain for the AfD) brought a crowd of Berliners from across almodt every conceivable demographic and political spectrum together. Equally impressive Was the president of the Kreuzberg initiative against anti-semitism who used his parents' experiences of racism as Turkish immigrants to call for solidarity among Berliners. Having all seen Berlin at its worst earlier this week, this was very much the city at its best.
All of this was made more poignant as earlier today, I caught the tail end of the laying of two new Stolpersteine (stumbling stones) around the corner from where I live. The stones remember Selma and Josef Bratz who in 1943 were deported from their home in Gervinunsstraße, within easy walking distance of where the protestors gathered today, to be murdered in Auschwitz.
Unfortunately I can't think of a non-glib way to tie the two parts of this post together but maybe that's kind of the point. We tell ourselves that we've learned the lessons of history so often that we reduce them to hackneyed cliché which should, I suppose, be of pretty deep concern.
PS yes, I too sported a kippah (and not just because I had a disastrous hair cut this morning).
PPS. I agree, I failed to stop that being a glib ending but fuck it
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