The Documentation and Information Centre on Anti-Semitism Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (DIA.MV for short) was founded in June 2021 to raise awareness of anti-Semitic incidents and the spread of anti-Semitic attitudes in the federal state. In line with the definition of anti-Semitism set out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and on the ongoing academic discourse, DIA.MV documents, analyses and publishes anti-Semitic incidents and provides advice to those affected and to all those who take a stance against anti-Semitism in the federal state. To this end, we work closely with Jewish communities in the state, the Commissioner for Jewish Life in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and against anti-Semitism, the State Agency for Civic Education and other actors involved in political education and strengthening democratic culture.
We document incidents of anti-Semitism regardless of their relevance under criminal law. Incidents that do not reach the threshold of violence or justiciability often remain hidden from public attention, but they nevertheless contribute in a significant way to the spread of anti-Semitic attitudes and to insecurities felt by Jewish people as they go about their everyday lives.
Consequently, we also document and contextualise incidents where there are no direct victims as there would be in the case of a violent crime or verbal hostility. This can include, for example, articulating anti-Semitic resentment in clubs or professional environments, anti-Semitic propaganda in public spaces or vandalism at places of remembrance and historical Jewish cemeteries.
Affected individuals, relatives, acquaintances as well as witnesses can report incidents to DIA.MV. We treat every case confidentially and anonymously if requested. If necessary, we can provide support with legal or psychosocial steps.
In addition, we support individuals, civil society initiatives, associations and public institutions that want to engage in activities against anti-Semitism with subject-matter expertise and comprehensive referral counselling.
Our goal is to empower Jews and non-Jewish people affected by anti-Semitism in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Documenting and publishing anti-Semitic incidents helps to raise the profile of anti-Semitism as a problem for society as a whole, to increase public and civil society awareness of the issue and to identify the need for action.
Have you experienced or observed an anti-Semitic incident? If so, please report it using our contact form or by sending an email to ed.vm-aid@ofni.