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Frederick III was Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia for the very short interval of 99 days during 1888. The son of Emperor Wilhelm I and father of Wilhelm II, his reign was cut short by throat cancer. Prior to his accession to the throne, the then Crown Prince was disturbed by an upsurge in anti-Jewish agitation. Having fairly liberal beliefs (in the older sense of the term), Frederick made his own position clear. Clad in the uniform of a Prussian field marshal, Frederick, together with his wife Victoria, attended a synagogue service in Berlin in 1880 to show support for tolerance.
Shortly afterward, he gave a speech denouncing the anti-Semitic movement in Germany as “a shameful blot on our time”, adding that “We are ashamed of the Judenhetze [agitation against Jews] which has broken all bounds of decency in Berlin, but which seems to flourish under the protection of the Court clerics.” In 1881, Frederick and Victoria again attended a synagogue service, this time in Wiesbaden “to demonstrate as clearly as we can what our convictions are”and followed this up by giving a speech in which he spoke out for “poor, ill-treated Jews” of Europe.
It would be a good thing if Biden followed Frederick’s example, specifically denouncing the upsurge of anti-Semitism in America and not covering up the message in generic platitudes.
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