However, as we have seen in posts on this blog, the main targets of hate crime in Sweden are Jews. Bachner quotes worldwide statistics for hate crimes and anti-Semitic attitudes that show that indeed, Jews are many more times likely to be victims of hate crime than Muslims. At the same time there is a regrettably wide perception that Jews exploit Holocaust memory—presumably for undeserved sympathy. These attitudes only foster increased anti-Semitism, and allow it to grow unchecked.
Please take a moment today to honor the memory of Holocaust victims, both Jews and non-Jews. We remember also the brave non-Jews, such as Raoul Wallenberg, who fought against the Nazi evil by saving Jewish lives, often risking their own lives to do so.
While we remember the horrendous scale of the Holocaust, we strive to remember those murdered not as numbers of people, but as individuals, families and communities of vibrant Jewish life. The loss of Jewish life diminished all of us in the Jewish world, and was a loss of humanity for the whole world.
Pictured: Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat and hero who rescued of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust
By Sara and Chanah Shapira