"Faith and values in Europe – 70 years after Kristallnacht"
European Parliament, Brussels, 11 November, 2008
Here is the conference report from the 5th Annual Policy Conference in Brussels on 11 November, 2008. Please note that the content of this report does not necessarily reflect the views of the ECI but that of the respective speaker.
Helmut Specht, Chairman of the European Coalition for Israel (2007-2010)
Mr Specht welcomed the participants to the Annual Policy Conference with the theme "70 years after Kristallnacht". The date of the Kristallnacht was the 9th of November, 1938. The 11th of
November, the date of this conference, also marks the end of the First Word War in 1918. The issue of this Annual Conference is to discuss anti-Semitism in the past and today and to get the guidelines as to what to do now. Mr Specht mentioned incidents in England and Germany, which show the sad fact that there is anti-Semitism in Europe today. Our obligation, Mr Specht said, is to do something and make things known in the churches, in the economy and in the politics, both on national and European level.