An 89-year-old Auschwitz survivor is now under police protection after receiving anti-Semitic threats online and offline in Italy, according to local reports.
Liliana Segre, who was only 13 when she was deported to Auschwitz, is a senator for life who recently spearheaded the creation of a parliamentary committee against hate, racism and anti-Semitism, also known locally as the Segre commission.
She has recently become the target of about 200 “particularly aggressive” social media attacks each day, the Milan-based Foundation Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center told CNN.
“Every time prominent Jews are at the center of media attention in Italy, they get subjected to online anti-Semitic abuse,” Stefano Gatti, from the center, told CNN.
“The anti-Semitic insults come from far-right circles that have a past, and sometimes present, of violence. It’s part of their radical right-wing code, this pugnacious attitude.”
He added that this flood of attacks has led to an increase in tensions — online and offline.