German politician urges concentration camp visits for all

German Chancellor Angela Merkel lays a wreath at the International Memorial of former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau southwestern Germany during a ceremony to mark 70 years since it was liberated by US forces

German Chancellor Angela Merkel lays a wreath at the International Memorial of former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau southwestern Germany during a ceremony to mark 70 years since it was liberated by US forces

As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, the German government stands accused of abandoning its Jewish community as increasing anti-Semitism means there are parts of the country where it is considered unsafe to be a Jew.

The idea of requiring new arrivals to visit concentration camps was not universally endorsed. Some scholars of German history described it as a simplistic answer to a more complicated and insidious problem.

"You don't stop someone from being a racist or xenophobe by taking them to a concentration camp", said Sabine von Mering, the director of the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. "I don't think that making it a requirement is somehow going to magically solve this problem".

Ms. Chebli, who suggested the required visits in an interview published Sunday in the newspaper Bild am Sonntag, was not immediately available for comment. Nor was it clear whether the German government would move to make such visits mandatory for immigrants, who are now offered courses on German language, culture and history.

Asked about the possibility of mandatory visits to concentration camps, a spokeswoman for the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees ministry told Reuters the integration course for immigrants already had a module regarding the consequences of the Nazi rule for the people of Germany and Europe. German law includes strict prohibitions on Nazi propaganda and Holocaust denial.

Government authorities have sought to make Germany a safe place for Jews, who number about 200,000 in the country.

"Every criminal act motivated by anti-Semitism is one too many and a shame for our country", de Maiziere told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

She said such visits, long a staple of high school education in a country determined that the lessons of its history not be forgotten, should also be extended to new migrants, who should make trips as part of their compulsory integration courses.

Outrage over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel led to protests across the Muslim world, inciting some to burn Israeli flags in front of the Israeli embassy in Germany.

A large majority of United Nations member states - including Germany - condemned the American position, which critics called a violation of global law and a new obstacle to resolving the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Schuster said everyone who wanted to live permanently in Germany must identify with its history.