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Wed Feb 14, 2018, 11:25 AM

Jews and Muslims invited to celebrate Carnival in Germany

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In the days leading up to Ash Wednesday, the centers of traditionally Catholic cities in Germany turn into huge street parties for costumed revelers on a last binge of drinking, dancing and singing before the 40 days of fasting in Lent.
The age-old Christian background to the Carnival festivities Karneval in German is mostly forgotten, but religion came up in a new way this year as organizers faced an interesting question. Can Jews and Muslims join in the merrymaking?
At a time of rising anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, their presence at the parades and parties would send the strong signal that they are also part of German society. But could Jews forget the way the Nazis used to ridicule them in Karneval parades during the Third Reich?

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