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  • smart_investor67 smart_investor67 Nov 12, 2003 11:37 PM Flag

    Anti-Semitism in Germany..

    �Jew, a race of perpetrators�

    BBC ONLINE

    Oct 31: A German MP has caused a storm of protest by linking Jews to execution squads in the Russian Revolution.

    Conservative Martin Hohmann said a large numbers of Jews were active in execution squads and could therefore be described as a nation of perpetrators.

    His speech triggered an angry response from the Jewish community and members of his CDU party, with some calling for him to stand down.

    The Christian Democrats have faced allegations in the past about members having links to the extreme right.

    Mr Hohmann's comments were made during a speech nearly a month ago, but have only surfaced now.

    He compared the killings, which he said were orchestrated by Jews in Russia's violent 1917 revolution, with the murder of Europe's Jews during the Holocaust of the Second World War.

    According to a transcript of his speech shown on the website of his local CDU branch in Neuhof, Mr Hohmann said: "Jews were active in great numbers in the leadership as well as in the Cheka (Soviet secret police) firing squads.

    "Thus one could describe Jews with some justification as a Taetervolk (a race of perpetrators).

    "That may sound horrible. But it would follow the same logic with which one describes the Germans as a race of perpetrators." The speech has since been taken off the site. The BBC's Ray Furlong in Berlin says Mr Hohmann has now gone further in defending his remarks on national television.

    He said the MP demanded "justice" for Germans and that they should not define themselves as the nation who caused Auschwitz.

    The head of Germany's Jewish community, Paul Spiegel, called Mr Hohmann's speech "a reach into the lowest drawer of disgusting anti-Semitism".

    He said he had spoken to CDU leader Angela Merkel and assured reporters "she shared my views".

    Our correspondent says any criticism of Jewish people is still a taboo in Germany, which makes this extremely embarrassing for Mr Hohmann's party.

    The CDU's secretary-general, Laurenz Meyer, said he had urged Mr Hohmann to apologise as quickly as possible, but refused to comment on whether he would be forced to give up his seat.

    Dieter Wiefelspuetz, a senior parliamentarian for Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats, took a harder line.

    "There is no place for anti-Semites in the German parliament," he said.

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