One particularly extreme example of that is found in the papers the day after the now-immortalized worker's uprising on June 17, 1953, when the East German government brought in Soviet tanks and gunned down crowds of peaceful demonstrators. A June 18, 1953 edition of the Berliner Zeitung pinned the uprising on "fascist elements" from West Berlin, while Neues Deutschland wrote that the government had protected the city from an attack by "agents of foreign powers" and "German monopolists" who wanted to prevent the government from improving living standards in East Germany .
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier denounced growing antisemitism in his country on Wednesday, German newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine reported.
Speaking at the 100th anniversary of the Augsburg synagogue, the president noted that while most Germans stand against antisemitism, a growing trend of anti-Jewish hatred is being spread on social media, in part due to some Muslim immigrant groups.
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"Social media often propagates the spread of hate messages and antisemitic provocation," he said, noting the trend is growing across Europe.
Despite this, however, Steinmeier noted that, in comparison to France, Germany's Jews are staying put, rather than immigrating to Israel. He affirmed his hope that Germany "can once again be the home of which the Jews were robbed."
The president, who visited Israel during his tenure as foreign minister, was joined by German and Israeli notables - including Israeli ambassador Yaacov-David Hadas Handelsmann and Chairman Josef Shuster of the Central Council of Jews in Germany - for the anniversary celebration. Augsburg's synagogue was the only one in Bavaria, a southern German state, to have survived the destruction by the Nazis.
Following the discussion last week of a 300-page report on antisemitism in the Bundestag, the lower house of Germany's parliament, Shuster has called on the government to appoint a commissioner to address widespread antisemitism in the country. The report found that anti-Jewish sentiments were noted at all levels of German society, particularly on social media.