Signs of 'latent' German anti-Semitism

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19 November 2003 , BERLIN - Almost a quarter of all Germans are latently anti-Semitic, an opinion poll reported Wednesday.

19 November 2003

BERLIN - Almost a quarter of all Germans are latently anti-Semitic, an opinion poll reported Wednesday.

The Stern magazine poll found 23 percent of Germans - up from 20 percent in 1998 - answered a series of questions about Jews in a way which led pollsters to classify them as latently anti-Semitic.

Among questions posed was whether Jews were trying to profit from the Nazi past and seeking to make Germans pay. Some 36 percent of those asked this question responded with "yes."

A total of 28 percent said Jews have to much influence in the world while 61 percent said 58 years after the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich it was time to start talking less about the persecution of the Jews.

The poll carried out by Germany's Forsa agency surveyed 1,301 people last Friday and Saturday.

Germany has one of the world's fastest growing Jewish populations with immigrants coming from the former Soviet Union. The number of German Jews is now over 100,000 - up from about 30,000 in 1989.

This is still a small minority within Germany's total population of 82 million.


DPA


Subject: German news


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