Umea, Sweden. A series of threats and attacks attributed to neo-Nazis from the “Nordfront” group, has forced the Jewish Association in the northern Swedish city of Umea to close their community center, but local politicians hoped on Tuesday the decision could be reversed.
The community center reportedly received threatening emails and its buildings were targeted with swastikas and daubed with anti-semitic messages is part of an ongoing problem locally. Members of the Jewish Association, who number about 100, decided over the weekend to dissolve the association,spokeswoman Carinne Sjoberg announced to stunned residents.
“Too many things have happened lately which mean that Jewish parents don’t feel safe having their kids at the schools. Our children shouldn’t need to live in a world where they have to be ashamed for what they are, but it’s not possible to operate if people are scared,” she lamented.
Officials at the Simon Wiesenthal Center indicated Umea was in the headlines some two years ago when local organizers of a march marking the anniversary of Kristallnacht, failed to invite its Jewish community.
The university city has a population of about 120,000 people and was one of the European Capitals of Culture in 2014. Community politicians hope the Jewish residents will reconsider and re-open the center soon.