CDU ousts deputy who spoke of Jewish guilt

20th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

20 July 2004, WIESBADEN - A German backbencher who devoted a national-day speech to Jewish guilt had his membership in the opposition Christian Democratic Union (CDU) revoked Tuesday.

20 July 2004

WIESBADEN - A German backbencher who devoted a national-day speech to Jewish guilt had his membership in the opposition Christian Democratic Union (CDU) revoked Tuesday.

The party, which polls show would romp to power if federal elections were held now, has been struggling to avoid an internal split over Martin Hohmann, 56, with many right-wing members angry at the national leadership's efforts to be rid of the deputy.

Hohmann has denied anti-Semitism, but refused to apologise for what most commentators have called an offensive speech comparing the history of Jews and Germans in the 20th century.

In the speech, delivered 3 October, Hohmann said crimes against humanity had not only been committed by the Nazis but that Jews had also been "a nation of perpetrators" in the course of history.

In Hohmann's home region, the environs of Fulda, some CDU members have voiced anger at the disciplinary moves, contending they are unfair, though rank-and-file members have been careful not to repeat the deputy's opinions.

DPA

Subject: German news

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