May 3rd, 2008

Jewish community intensifies its criticism of minister nomination in Thuringia

Berlin – The Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany , Stephan J. Kramer, has intensified his criticism of Dieter Althaus, Prime Minister of Thuringia, for having nominated Peter Krause, known to be involved in rightist circles, as Minister of Education. In an interview to the online-edition of Financial Times Deutschland, Kramer said that Krause’s nomination was detrimental to the image of Thuringia and to the struggle against far-right extremism. Further Kramer said he hoped that the “enthronement of Krause” was not an attempt to win over rightist voters. “Someone who behaves so naively is not suited for the post of Minister of Education,” declared Wolfgang Nossen, President of the Jewish community of Thuringia , after his meeting with Krause, during which the latter explained that he was not a “rabid rightist” but just an opponent of stereotype thinking, according to Thüringer Allgemeine. (03.05.2008)