Community Intelligence Brief: May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

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What Is the 'Great Replacement' Theory and What Does It Say About Jews?

For far too long, the "great replacement" theory has been festering in far-right circles, on social media, and spreading globally. It has motivated those behind some of the worst racial mass shootings in recent years, including Saturday's massacre by a white supremacist who killed 10 people at a Buffalo, NY supermarket.

For over a decade, Simon Wiesenthal Center researchers have been tracking the impact of the "great replacement" theory on neo-Nazis, white supremacists and lone-wolf domestic terrorists.

Our hearts are with the families of the Buffalo shooting victims and the entire Buffalo community. Sadly, once again, hate and conspiracy theories spread online have led to violence and loss of life. May the victims' memories be a blessing.

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German Prosecutors Seek 5 Years for Alleged Ex-Nazi Guard

German prosecutors are seeking a five-year prison sentence for a 101-year-old man for his alleged role as a Nazi SS guard at Sachsenhausen concentration camp between 1942 and 1945. The man has been charged with 3,518 counts of being an accessory to murder.

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The Jewish Russian Community Is Falling Apart - Senior Jewish Leaders

According to recent estimates, there are 150,000 Jews in Russia’s “core Jewish population,” but more than half a million are entitled to receive Israeli citizenship according to the Law of Return. One senior Russian Jewish leader for the past 30 years said that between 60% and 70% of the members of her community have left or intend to leave Russia.

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A Holocaust Survivor’s Collection of Over 1,000 Miniature Books Speaks Volumes About Her Resilience

Instead of attending university, Lilly Toth was running for her life from the Nazis in her late teens. Despite these huge upheavals and larger losses, Toth managed to amass a collection of 1,119 miniature books that are a testament to her resilience and worldliness. Toth passed these books on to Montreal’s Jewish Public Library prior to her death last May.

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Auschwitz Survivor Wins Austria’s Simon Wiesenthal Prize

Auschwitz survivor Lily Ebert was named one of four winners of the inaugural Simon Wiesenthal Prize, awarded for civic engagement against antisemitism and education about the Holocaust, at a ceremony in Vienna last week. Ebert is known for her recent turn to TikTok, on which she and her great-grandson have gained more than 1.6 million followers who watch her share her story.

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TikTok Spotlights Jewish Content Creators for Jewish Heritage Month

In honour of Jewish Heritage Month, the video streaming social media platform TikTok in May is highlighting a number of its Jewish users who teach the public “with storytelling and advocacy that shines a light on Jewish heritage.”

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Report Antisemitism and News of Concern to FSWC

If you would like to report antisemitism or news of concern to Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, please email jaime@fswc.ca.

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