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New Effort Launched to Fight Anti-Semitism

VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Europe's top human rights body has joined
forces with a global Holocaust education task force to fight what
they denounced as a "scourge of anti-Semitism" across Europe.

Every few months in Austria, vandals topple tombstones in a Jewish cemetery and spray swastikas on the headstones.

But it's not just happening there.

So the head of the Task Force for International Holocaust
Education, Remembrance and Research, led this year by Austria, has
teamed up with the Council of Europe in a bid to more closely
coordinate education and public awareness efforts to combat acts of
hatred against Jews.

Among the measures in the works: a joint media campaign dubbed,
"All Different -- All Equal," to promote and celebrate diversity.

Officials announced the joint effort to mark the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or The Night of Broken Glass. On Nov. 9-10, 1938, rioters in Germany and Austria smashed the windows of synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses in a prelude to a Nazi crackdown that eventually led to the systematic slaughter of 6 million Jews.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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