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Friday, October 31, 2003
German MP reveals anti-Semitism

In a shocking speech on October 3rd (German Reunification Day), held before invited guests by German MP Martin Hohmann (in German) in Neuhof close to Fulda, Hohmann has implicitly depicted the Jewish people as a "people of perpetrators". The full speech (in German), which has been deleted from the official regional CDU page but has been cached by tagesschau.de, contains many anti-Semitic views; I'll try to summarize the most important statements.

According to Hohmann, it's not the "brown hordes" [Neo-Nazis] that should give cause for concern, but an "ubiquitous destruction of courage in the national self-confidence", resulting from the 12 years of Nazi dictatorship in Germany. Well, it's amazing, isn't it? The growing German self-esteem has been focused on before, the only problem I see here is that the omnipresent problems that an inflated German self-esteem tends to provoke are often neglected. This also makes me deeply concerned because it appears to be connected with a tendency for revisionism.

Hohmann also asks whether the Jews were "exclusively victims and sufferers". In order to answer this question, he refers to "The International Jew", a four-volume anti-Semitic work written by Henry Ford in 1920. Hohmann mentions that Ford had described Jews as the "world bolsheviks". Further, according to him, "Jewish thinkers stood by the cradle of Communism". Hohmann states that even the murder of the Russian Czar was ordered by a Jew, before lengthily commenting on the crimes of Communist Jewish revolutionists.

Hohmann finishes by stating that the bolsheviks of Jewish origin, just like the Christian National Socialists, had "put down their religion". He concludes that neither the Germans nor the Jews are a people of perpetrators, but that the "Godless with their Godless ideologies" were the perpetrators. "Justice for Germany, justice for Germans" he uttered at the end of the speech. Later, when asked about his speech, he said the 20th century had been a century of great sufferings on "both" sides, and this suffering should be "equally" acknowledged.

It is a horrible irony that such a tripe is being spewed on the Reunification Day. But Hohmann has been known before; he described the holocaust memorial in Berlin as the "monumental expression of the incapability to forgive ourselves" (!). Further, he adamantly fights homosexuality; he described the adoption right of homosexuals as a "denaturation of the family concept" that had to be fought with "civil courage".

It is shocking that a German MP utters such (and there are more) words. And harsh criticism from all sides is now thrown at this individual; e.g. Dieter Graumann from the Frankfurt Jewish Community states that "anti-Semitism has now crossed the regulars' tables and entered the German Bundestag". Many politicians have demanded that he resigns immediately. I hope so too. There is, as a SPD MP states, "no place in the German Bundestag for an anti-Semite".

Hohmann's thinking is distorted and sick. But the problem is - as many readers will remember from the prior discussions about the German "victims"-question - that indeed many Germans don't want to be "victims" of the "guilt club" anymore, as they state it. The era from 1933-1945 is suppressed. Therefore, the necessary conclusions are not drawn anymore; a slow paradigm shift is to be perceived at the horizon, and is gaining momentum on a EU level too; Germany is still the angry adolescent in Europe, rebelling against the rules. Anybody who criticises this is, you will remember, anti-German and self-hating. I'm not a friend of the guilt complex myself, I'm just a fan of intellectual honesty. But it appears the "growing German self-esteem" is more interested in the future than in the past. The problem is that it starts to forget about the latter.