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Fears that anti-Semitism might be making a comeback were first aroused by the convergence of the extreme right, by now a political force, with negationism, which stated that the Nazi gas chambers had never existed, or that they were not intended to destroy the Jews, thus considerably playing down the extent of the genocide. The fear of this type of anti-Semitism was so great that when a terrorist attack was made on the synagogue in the Rue Copernic, in October 1980, the media reported that the vast majority of both the Jewish and non-Jewish population thought the extreme right was responsible. The new anti-Semitism is a phenomenon which springs up in several places and which, in the first instance, is evaluated by examining each of its various manifestations.

Keywords: anti-Semitism; genocide; Jews; negationism



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