“Germany for Germans”

Xenophobia and Racist Violence in Germany

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Germany has been confronted with a disturbing escalation in violent crimes against those who are different, and especially those who are perceived as not ethnic German during the period since unification. Racism that is endemic in many societies has exploded in a public way in Germany. Hostility against foreigners has linked up with right-wing and neo-Nazi movements to yield incidents of brutal physical assaults and deaths. Due, in part, to more forceful government measures to combat xenophobic violence, there has been a significant decrease in the number of violent crimes against foreigners in Germany since 1993. However, foreigners' past experiences with police passivity in the face of right-wing violence coupled with the growing incidence of police brutality against foreigners make it probable that many such attacks go unreported.