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Nazis in Germany firebomb Jewish museum
Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that neo-Nazis in Germany are raising their ugly heads once again.
German authorities have posted a 10,000 euro reward for clues leading to an arrest in the worst anti-Semitic attack on a Holocaust memorial in a decade, the fireboming of a museum honoring the victims of a Nazi death march.
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Survey: Anti-Semitism in Germany on the rise
BERLIN - A new survey shows anti-Semitism is on the rise in Germany, with more than a quarter of people surveyed saying they believe Jewish influence is too great and 17 percent saying they believe Hitler would be viewed as a great statesman if not for the Holocaust, researchers said Friday.
In one finding that contradicts popular perceptions, researchers at the University of Leipzig and Berlin's Free University said the increase in anti-Semitic feelings was greater in western Germany than in the former communist east.
"The question is why is there such a rise in the west?" said Elmar Braehler of Leipzig University. "One could say that the West Germans always thought this but it was taboo - we don't know for sure."
Increased tensions in the Mideast and open criticism of Israel could be behind the loosening of inhibitions in expressing anti-Semitic sentiment, he said.
The survey of 1,001 people in eastern Germany and 1,050 in the west in April also found 17 percent of Germans believe Hitler would be viewed as a great statesman if it weren't for the Holocaust of 6 million Jews.
The number of respondents who agreed with that view in the west was 19 percent - up 5 percent from 1994. Eastern respondents remained steady at 8 percent. The survey had a margin of error of less than 2 percentage points.
Diedre Berger, Berlin director of the American Jewish Committee, said the survey backs up statistically what Jewish organizations have observed anecdotally for several years.
"The problem of right wing extremism and anti-Semitism in western Germany has sometimes been given less attention due to the continuing acute violence in eastern Germany, but just because there is less violence in western Germany doesn't mean that there is not a problem with anti-Semitic and right wing extremist attitudes," Berger said.
Despite Germany's efforts to confront the Holocaust, Berger said anti-Semitism in society has been overlooked.
"I think it's time to start confront the fact that anti-Semitic cliches and metaphors have been ingrained in German and European society and should be addressed," Berger said.
In findings that support that, some 28 percent said Jewish influence too great, while another 32 percent partially agreed. Overall, 53 percent of the respondents either agreed or partially agreed with the statement that "more than others, Jews cheat and use tricks in their work in order to get what they want."
Reward for information on Holocaust museum vandals
The attack Thursday night destroyed the main exhibition of the death march museum in the Belower Woods, which detailed how the Nazis drove concentration camp inmates deeper into Germany as the Soviet Army advanced at the end of World War II.
Outside the museum, vandals painted a big red swastika and two SS symbols on a memorial, and an anti-Semitic slogan one meter high and six meters long along the base of a large memorial column.
More than 45,000 prisoners were forced to march from Ravensbrueck and Sachsenhausen, both in Brandenburg state, were gathered in the Belower Woods near Wittstock, 100 kilometers )65 miles( northwest of Berlin, where 700-800 died of exhaustion and hunger within a few days.
The area had not seen such a serious attack on a Holocaust site since 1992, when neo-Nazis burned the rebuilt prisoner barracks inside the Sachsenhausen concentration camp outside Berlin.
The attack came as a new study by researchers at Berlin's Free University and the University of Leipzig showed anti-Semitism is increasing in Germany, with more than a quarter of respondents telling researchers they believe Jewish influence is too great.
According to the survey, which polled 1,001 people in east Germany and 1,050 in the west in April, some 28 percent overall believe that Jewish influence is too great, while 32 percent said they partially agreed.
Researchers found that higher numbers of people in the former West Germany had such feelings.
In 1994, 7 percent of eastern respondents agreed with the statement, compared to 14 percent today. In the west, 17 percent said Jewish influence was too great in 1994 compared to 31 percent today.
The survey, which had a margin of error of less than 2 percent, also found a rise in acceptance of the Nazi era, with 17 percent agreeing that "without the extermination of the Jews, Hitler today would be seen as a great statesman."
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