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 booklet offers the newest examine performed by way of a crew of yankee and German specialists in political technology, sociology, mass conversation, and background. They research 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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In the worst case it is counterproductive and promotes what it pretends to avoid. This volume is unique, even within the German-speaking world. It includes not only most recent survey and case study research about antisemitism and xenophobia (chapters 2-5) but also validated assessments of specific social forces, movements, groups, and organizations that propagate hate and prejudice (chapters 6-9). Responses from Germany, from the German Jewish community, and from the me- 16 Introduction dia abroad are included, as well as an analysis of the reactions and remedies to effectively overcome antisemitism and xenophobia (chapters 10-13).
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. About one-third of these crimes were committed in eastern Germany and two-thirds in western Germany; that is, relative to population, an above-average number of crimes took place in the GDR.
This indicates that such attacks are not the result of spreading antisemitic attitudes; on the contrary, Jews and Jewish institutions, as well as other groups, are becoming targets in the course of a wave of violence that is primarily xenophobic in nature. The time lag in the rise of antisemitic hate propaganda and public incitement offenses indicates different sources and groups of perpetrators. Antiforeigner violence was started and carried out mostly by youngsters. 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.