The suicide of the popular Austrian biologist Clemens Arvay has moved Jews worldwide to express their concern and fear in a letter. When every government critic is defamed as an anti-Semite, when media and self-appointed guardians of political correctness treat the term Nazi lightly, who are the true anti-Semites and Nazis? And if Jews are suspected to be behind this degradation and even legal persecution, how safe are the Jews?
In a democracy, a person must be allowed to express a controversial opinion without fearing for his existence. And Jews, as a vulnerable minority, should not be abused for silencing legitimate political opposition.
Clemens Arvay is unfortunately not a unique case. But one too many and in a country, of all places, where the topics of the Holocaust, National Socialism and anti-Semitism should be dealt with particularly consciously. The letter was sent to members of parliament, media, anti-Semitism commissioners and other carefully selected recipients in Germany, Austria, Great Britain and the Netherlands. Feel free to share the letter in other languages in your country.