By Hermann Kurthen, Werner Bergmann, Rainer Erb
Due to the fact unification, Germany has skilled profound alterations, together with the reawakening of xenophobic hate crime, anti-Semitic incidents, and racist violence. This publication provides the newest study carried out via a workforce of yank and German specialists in political technological know-how, sociology, mass verbal exchange, and historical past. They research the measure of antisemitism, xenophobia, remembrance, and Holocaust wisdom in German public opinion; the teams and businesses that propagate prejudice and hate; and the German, American, and Jewish perceptions of, and reactions to, those phenomena.
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Antisemitism and xenophobia will be treated separately. Although they correlate highly with each other, I believe they vary in terms of motives, prevalence, and public acceptance. I. Motives: Rejection of Jews in Germany today must be viewed within the context of attitudes toward National Socialism and German history. Guilt, responsibility, and reparations are the major issues involved, in contrast to questions of entitlement to civil rights and welfare services or feelings of cultural isolation, which influence attitudes toward migrant laborers in Germany.
For the first time since the early 1970s, surveys on antisemitism in the population were carried out in 1986, 1987, and 1989 (Institut fur Demoskopie 1986, 1987, Bergmann and Erb 1991a, EmnidInstitut 1989), and they yielded the same results: about 15% of the West German population was strongly antisemitic, with great discrepancies between generations, reflecting their different political socialization. 2 Antisemitism and Xenophobia in Germany 23 In comparison to research findings from the 1950s, one could speak of a slow but steady decline in anti-Jewish attitudes in West Germany.
With regard to research on Germany, Benz (1992a, 1993a, 1995a, 1995b), Rabinbach and Zipes (1986), Bergmann and Erb (1990), and Bergmann, Erb and Lichtblau (1995) recently presented volumes that deal with the history of antisemitism in postwar Germany. Stern (1991) has concentrated on a history of the cultural and political dimension of antisemitism and philosemitism in postwar West Germany only. Relatively few investigators—like Silbermann (1982), Silbermann and Sallen (1992), Silbermann and Schweps (1986), Bergmann and Erb (1990, and 1991a), Butterwegge and Isola (1990), Butterwegge and Jager (1992), Farin and Seidel-Pielen (1992), Merkl and Weinberg (1993), Bjorgo and Witte (1993), Kowalsky and Schroeder (1994)—have specifically dealt with questions of persisting postunification German xenophobia and antisemitism based on the most recent empirical studies.