Jewish members of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, have met in the southwestern German city of Wiesbaden to create a Jewish section within the party—a move that drew strong condemnation from other Jews.
Media reported that 19 people joined the new "Jews in the AfD" group Sunday.
Seventeen Jewish organizations put out a joint statement this week saying, "the AfD is a party in which anti-Semitism ... and the denial of the Shoah have a home." They called the party a threat to Jewish life in Germany.
Last year, a prominent AfD member said Germany needs to perform a "180-degree turn" when it comes to remembering its past and said the Berlin memorial to the millions of Jews killed in the Holocaust is a "monument of shame."