By Hermann Kurthen, Werner Bergmann, Rainer Erb
Considering that unification, Germany has skilled profound adjustments, together with the reawakening of xenophobic hate crime, anti-Semitic incidents, and racist violence. This publication provides the latest study carried out through a workforce of yankee and German specialists in political technology, sociology, mass communique, and historical past. They learn the measure of antisemitism, xenophobia, remembrance, and Holocaust wisdom in German public opinion; the teams and firms that propagate prejudice and hate; and the German, American, and Jewish perceptions of, and reactions to, those phenomena.
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3. "Now, as in the past, Jews exert too much influence on world events" Sample Year West Germany 1990 1994 1990 1994 East Germany Sources: Jodice 1991, Golub 1994. Agree Strongly 12% II 3 3 Agree Somewhat 32% 23 i? 4. "Jews are exploiting the National Socialist Holocaust for their own purposes" Sample Year Agree Strongly Agree Somewhat Disagree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Don't Know West Germany 1990 1994 1990 1994 13% 18 4 4 32% 26 16 15 25% 25 34 36 11% '3 19% 18 25 24 East Germany 21 20 Sources: Jodice 1991, Goiub 1994.
When, for example, political one-sidedness of the entire justice system is concluded from a poor, extremist trial decision that is worthy of criticism or when revisionist views of a prominent historian are regarded as a new majority opinion of German historiography, then isolated events are generalized and wrongly interpreted as an indication of attitudinal changes in the population at large and among the political elite. News coverage refers by definition to current events and appraises them from the present perspective.
But those responsible for anonymous and slanderous pamphlets, letters, phone calls, and so on are more likely to be extremist, antisemitic fanatics, some even older people who have been activated by the wave of violence and hatred. " The mobilization of right-wing extremism, which can also be observed in other European countries, has thus led to a wavelike increase in manifestations of antisemitism since 1991. Most of the incidents included in the figures mentioned herein are propaganda offenses (graffiti and poster hanging), followed by slander, libel, and threats of violence.
Antisemitism and Xenophobia in Germany after Unification by Hermann Kurthen, Werner Bergmann, Rainer Erb