June 28, 1997 |
The charred shell of a house overlooking the river in this Baltic port city keeps a dirty secret. Somebody, on a winter night a year and a half ago, was filled with enough hate to torch the four-story building that housed asylum-seekers from Africa and the Middle East, along with new immigrants from Poland. Ten people died, some in the smoke and flames, others when they jumped from windows. Thirty-nine more were injured, some critically.
January 19, 1996 |
At least 10 people, four of them children, were killed in a suspicious fire early Thursday morning at a hostel for foreign asylum-seekers in the northern city of Lubeck. Police took three German men into custody. If the blaze turns out to have been an arson attack, as widely feared, it would be the worst anti-foreigner atrocity in modern German times and would rekindle fading concerns about the safety of foreigners and minorities in this country.
December 23, 1995 |
Who, at the beginning of the Yugoslav wars, would have thought that Germany would become the refuge of choice for the shellshocked, homeless Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina? Just three years ago, Germany was being pilloried, with critics calling it an abject failure in protecting foreigners already in its midst. Racist skinheads and neo-Nazis were prowling its streets, roughing up Africans, laying siege to Vietnamese workers' hostels, chanting, "Foreigners out!"
October 14, 1995 |
One of modern Germany's most emotion-laden trials ended Friday in guilty verdicts for four young men accused of fatally firebombing a Turkish family's house in the western city of Solingen. The 1993 arson attack killed five young women and girls and critically injured three other people, including small children.
March 4, 1994 |
Germans must accept that their country has become a melting pot with at least 6.5 million immigrants, and they must adopt anti-discrimination laws to fight racism, the government's representative for immigrant affairs said Thursday. Despite a number of fatal extreme-rightist attacks on foreigners in recent years, immigrants are moving to Germany in growing numbers and staying longer, Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobson, the representative for the interests of foreigners, told reporters.
October 19, 1993 |
Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen was just a young girl in Nazi Germany, but the lessons she learned are guiding her work half a century later. As a child in war-torn Berlin, she watched her parents rescue hundreds of Jews from the Nazi extermination machine, concealing them from authorities and ultimately helping many flee across the border with false papers. Today, as the official advocate for Germany's 6.