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German Immigration vs. Cultural Diversity

The editorial "German Unity - and Diversity," Sept. 2, was fine in theory, but it had one flaw. Every right-thinking person naturally deplores the barbarous treatment the recent immigrants to Germany are receiving at the hands of a small but fanatical right-wing minority.

But we need to understand that Germany does not enjoy the luxury of cultural diversity that Americans do. It is a fact that Germany is more ethnically pure than is the United States. The cause of the flood of immigrants into Germany is economic not political; it is the same problem that we are experiencing in this country.

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The solution is for Germany to tighten its immigration laws and let some of the other European countries share the burden; otherwise, there is a very real danger that Germany may turn irreversibly to the right and produce another Hitler. Bob Gideon, Fairfax, Va.

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