Antisemitic flyers were discovered on a tram in Cologne, Germany on 10th February, which blamed the Jewish population for the ongoing pandemic.
The flyers read: “Do we really have a Corona problem? Or do we have a Jewish problem?”
The text was presented with a Star of David in the background next to the names of Chancellor Angela Merkel, Health Minister Jens Spahn and Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas. The flyer claimed that the three prominent politicians are Jewish, despite none of them having Jewish heritage.
The flyer further states: “The more Jews in politics and media, the worse things are!”
Several German protests against coronavirus restrictions and preventative measures have reportedly featured antisemitic slogans and epithets, and protestors have allegedly drawn comparisons between the restrictions and the persecution of Jews in the Holocaust.
The citizen-led democratic initiative, Omas Gegen Rechts, found the flyers and confirmed in a social media post that it had filed a police complaint concerning the incident.
Anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination networks have become known as hotbeds of antisemitic conspiracy theories and tropes.