MLK Jr. inspires European anti-hate movements

November 3, 2010

Produced by Phillip Martin

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In Europe, there's concern that anti-Semitism is on the rise.

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, there’s been a resurgence in Europe of neo-Nazi and anti-immigrant activities. According to human rights groups, hate crimes are up continent-wide against Africans, Arabs, Jews and Gypsies.

And while much attention is paid to racist "skinheads," particularly in Germany, Sweden, and Russia, far less attention is paid to vibrant, grass-roots, anti-racism movements across the continent.

Independent producer Phillip Martin looks at the history of Europe’s anti-racism movement after communism’s fall and how Martin Luther King Jr. inspired the daughter of a Jewish resistance fighter and concentration camp survivor to fight anti-Semitism and hate.

This story is from the Public Radio Exchange.