To mark the 70th anniversary of ”Kristallnacht”, when Nazis ransacked Jewish shops and homes and set synagogues ablaze, the German parliament this week passed a resolution on anti-Semitism.

It says anti-Semitism is still a problem that Germany needs to take seriously and calls for a team of experts to report regularly on anti-Semitic activity in Germany and to recommend steps to combat it.

A row with the Left party over the resolution sparked criticism from the Central Council of Jews and overshadowed a wider debate in Germany on the subject.

There has been much talk in the last couple of years about the revival of Jewish life in Germany and it is true that synagogues have sprung up and cultural organisations are now flourishing in some cities.

This is all to the good but it cannot hide a more sombre reality in the country responsible for the Holocaust in which 6 million Jews were killed.