April 26th, 2009

Charlotte Knobloch is concerned about spread of far-right ideas in society

Munich – The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, has warned against the possibility of far-right parties gaining influence in the wake of the economic crisis. According to Knobloch, there has been a rise in anti-Semitism and xenophobia in recent months. Knobloch told the news agency dpp that the "permeation of certain sections of society" by far-right ideas has "increased immensely". She said that everyone in society should think about how to stop this development. Knobloch has once again called for a round table meeting against far-right extremism which should also be attended by representatives of the Churches, trade unions, and sports clubs. She said it was still not too late to take action. "We are a democracy that has achieved a lot and will achieve a lot in the future. But we have to take decisive action in order to maintain Germany's good reputation that had to be re-built after 1945. Germany does not deserve to have a negative image," Charlotte Knobloch said. (26.04.2009)