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By Hermann Kurthen, Werner Bergmann, Rainer Erb

Due to the fact that unification, Germany has skilled profound alterations, together with the reawakening of xenophobic hate crime, anti-Semitic incidents, and racist violence. This e-book provides the newest examine carried out by way of a staff of yank and German specialists in political technology, sociology, mass verbal exchange, and historical past. They research the measure of antisemitism, xenophobia, remembrance, and Holocaust wisdom in German public opinion; the teams and agencies that propagate prejudice and hate; and the German, American, and Jewish perceptions of, and reactions to, those phenomena.

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The following are the responses of Germans who were asked questions about contact with different groups: 36 FACTS AND F I N D I N G S "Do not want too much to do with Turks" (34%, N = 721) with asylum seekers 66% with Arabs 64% with Blacks 50% with Jews 25% "Do not want too much to do with asylum seekers" (33%, N = 700) with Arabs 67% with Blacks 50% with Turks 32% with Jews 25% "Do not want too much to do with Jews" (13%, N = 273) with Turks 88% with Arabs 84% with Blacks 80% with asylum seekers 80% "Do not want too much to do with Blacks" (21%, N — 443) with Turks 85% with Arabs 76% with asylum seekers 75% with Jews 38% Bergmann and Erb iggia, data from Institut fur Demoskopie 1987.

In addition, setting up accommodations for asylum seekers in overwhelmed eastern German communities led to local conflicts that seemed to legitimize the violent actions of young people against these homes. However, this opportunity structure had changed by late 1992. 16 Bans on organizations, coordinated investigations, searches and seizures, countless criminal proceedings, and high sentences for xenophobic crimes have had a perceptible impact on the right-wing scene. ). No increase after this period could be observed, except that violent crimes increased slightly starting in 1989 (1988, 193; 1989, 253; 1990, 309) before "mushrooming" in 1991 (1,492), peaking in 1992 (2,639), and declining ever since (1993, 2,232; 1994, 1,489; 1995, 837), though they remained well 34 FACTS AND F I N D I N G S above the level in the 1980s.

These contacts were supposed to serve the function of opening the door for Erich Honecker, SED leader and head-of-state, who wanted to cap his political career with a state visit to the United States. At meetings with representatives of international Jewish organizations in 1988 in East Berlin, the GDR leadership mentioned for the first time the possibility of paying reparations. In view of this historical burden of guilt, the first freely elected parliament in East Germany (Volkskammer) unanimously approved the following declaration in April 1990: "We ask the forgiveness of Jews throughout the world.

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