In Venezuela, remarks like 'Hitler didn't finish the job' are routine





"I am not even horrified anymore when I see swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans such as 'Hitler didn't finish the job' on walls near my synagogue," says a former Israeli who lives in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela.

"This is an influence that trickles down from the top – from the government – against the Jews. I know that Chavez is exerting efforts not to appear anti-Semitic to the outside world, and that he welcomed the leaders of the Jewish community, but I haven't heard of him ever punishing someone for anti-Semitic writings or remarks."

She would rather her name not be mentioned. "This gets translated and immediately appears on various internet sites. I don't need trouble," she says. "A few years ago it was heaven here, who could have believed that it would turn into such a burdensome place?"...



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