BMG, the music arm of media giant Bertelsmann, announced on Thursday a new campaign to combat a growing problem in Germany: anti-Semitism in schools. BMG will fund the joint campaign with a €100,000 donation, stressing it is "utterly opposed to anti-Semitism."
The project is in response to reports of a rise in anti-Semitic activity in German schools, and comes on the heels of a controversial appearance by rap duo Kollegah and Farid Bang at last week's ECHO Awards. The act caused an uproar after being nominated for two awards, despite having a song containing anti-semitic overtones. Relations with the Jewish community, the German music industry and past ECHO winners only got worse after the duo won for best hip/hop album and even performed.