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Neo-Nazis in Germany

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The front-page photograph, Nov. 25, shows German youth raising their arms in a kind of Hitler salute. As a German, I am ashamed of the Nazi wave that has taken place in my country. I believe that any emergence of Nazism among German youth serves as an outlet for the helplessness of their parent/grandparent generation. In the World War II films that are shown here almost daily, this generation is always portrayed as villains committing Nazi crimes. No wonder the image of bad Germans is so fixed in people' s minds.

Recently I listened to a political discussion on television in which an Israeli journalist said, "Germany must be given back its dignity, otherwise events might head toward a disaster." To this I have nothing to add except my deep gratitude - although with a grievous heart. Luise Sohibel, Augsburg, Germany

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