When people say “never again” in reference to the Nazi Holocaust that nearly wiped out European Jewry, many assume that the attitudes and cultural biases that allowed for that dark chapter in history simply no longer exist.
They are wrong.
In some parts of the civilized world, calling for and even delighting in the brutal extermination of the Jews remains a cultural norm. For instance, in the Cluj region of Romania, festive Christmas carols include lines advocating the burning of Jews in a furnace, as demonstrated on a recent state television broadcast.
On December 5, Romania’s TVR3 broadcast a holiday special featuring folk singers from different locales, including Cluj, the second most populous city in Romania. Among the songs performed by the carolers was one declaring that the “jidovi,” a derogatory term for Jews, belong “in the chimney as smoke.”
Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean publicly criticized the broadcast, and TVR3 tried to divert blame by insisting the Christmas songs had been chosen by a local committee and not presented to the channel beforehand. Nevertheless, the incident proves, once again, that out-right, old-fashioned anti-Semitism remains alive and well in the world.