Germans fed up with war legacy

Berlin–Almost 70% of Germans say they are annoyed at being held responsible for the Holocaust and many believe Jews use Germany’s Nazi past to their advantage, a survey showed yesterday.

The survey by Bielefeld University showed 69.9% were irritated at still being held responsible today for crimes against Jews.

A quarter of 3,000 people surveyed also agreed with the statement: “Many Jews try to use Germany’s Third Reich past to their advantage and want to make Germans pay for it.” A further 30% said there was “some truth” to the statement.

Almost two-thirds said they believed too many foreigners live in Germany, while 30% said foreigners should be sent home when jobs are scarce.

Endorsing the survey, the German parliamentary president, Wolfgang Thierse, said he understood why so many people wanted to shed guilt for what happened before they were born. He said the survey did not prove there was widespread anti-Jewish sentiment.

The authors of the survey said they found that Germans who were worried about security threats and losing their jobs had become more hostile to Jews, Muslims, and immigrants.

Courtesy Debi Clark and tnet