German Jewish leader ‘threatened’ after criticizing far-right AfD
Munich – A Jewish community leader in Germany said Thursday she had been targeted with threats and hate mail “almost by the minute” since criticizing the far-right AfD party.
Charlotte Knobloch had Wednesday called, in a speech about Holocaust victims, the Alternative for Germany a threat to democracy, sparking a walk-out of AfD regional politicians.
A day later, Knobloch, 86, told a local newspaper that “since then, I have received coarse verbal abuse, threats and insults by email and telephone almost by the minute.”
Knobloch, a former leader of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, now heads the community in the Bavarian city of Munich.
She added that she “had expected the AfD to use the Bavarian state parliament for self-promotion — I just hadn’t expected a row of such proportions.”