Skip to content
Subscriber Only

German Official Cautions on Wearing Jewish Skullcaps

Men wear Jewish kippa skullcaps at a synagogue in Germany. 

Men wear Jewish kippa skullcaps at a synagogue in Germany. 

Photographer: Tobias Schwarz/AFP via Getty Images

Berlin (AP) -- The German government's top official against anti-Semitism says he wouldn't advise Jews to wear skullcaps in parts of the country.

Felix Klein was quoted in an interview with the Funke newspaper group published Saturday as saying that "my opinion has unfortunately changed compared with what it used to be" on the matter. He said: "I cannot recommend to Jews that they wear the skullcap at all times everywhere in Germany." He didn't elaborate on what places and times might be risky.