An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor, who was honored as a “life senator,” is now under police protection after receiving hundreds of threats.
Liliana Segre, who survived after being sent to Auschwitz when she was 13 years old, has recently spearheaded the creation of a parliamentary committee against hate, racism, and anti-Semitism, also known locally as the Segre commission, CNN reported.
However, Segre has become the target of about 200 ‘particularly aggressive’ social media attacks each day, according to the Milan-based Foundation Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center.
This flood of attacks has led to an increase in tensions—online and offline, Stefano Gatti, from the center, said.
“The anti-Semitic insults come from far-right circles that have a past, and sometimes present, of violence. It’s part of their radical rightwing code, this pugnacious attitude,” Gatti said.
Some of the threats were so serious that officials in Milan decided Segre, who lives in Italy, needed protection. She will now be accompanied by Carabinieri police officers when she goes out in public.