Anti-semitism is illegal in Germany. Tell an Auschwitz joke in a bar and you may find yourself in court. But the laws aren’t really necessary—everyone in Germany is absolutely opposed to anti-Semitism (except a few crazy skinheads). They’ll tell you so quite forthrightly. Indeed, hundreds of thousands of earnest Germans took to the streets last winter in candlelight processions to condemn racism and defend democracy. Their pictures were flashed across the world, a counter-image to the thousands in the city of Rostock who clapped and cheered when firebombs were thrown at an apartment building housing Vietnamese workers. That scene lasted a long time—the police failed to intervene for several days, while the terrorized Vietnamese families in the building were desperate: afraid of being burned to death if they stayed inside, afraid of being beaten to death if they fled outside. . . .

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