Jews, Turks, and Other Strangers: Roots of Prejudice in by Jerome S. Legge Jr.

By Jerome S. Legge Jr.

Scholarly, target, insightful, and analytical, Jews, Turks, and different Strangers reviews the factors of prejudice opposed to Jews, overseas employees, refugees, and emigrant Germans in modern Germany. utilizing survey fabric and quantitative analyses, Legge convincingly demanding situations the thought that German xenophobia is rooted in financial explanations. in its place, he sees a extra advanced origin for German prejudice, relatively in a reunified Germany the place perceptions of the "other" occasionally fluctuate broadly among east and west, a made from a conventional racism rooted within the German prior. through clarifying the principles of xenophobia in a brand new German country, Legge deals a transparent and tense photograph of a conflicted nation and a prejudice that not just impacts Jews but additionally fuels a bigger, anti-foreign sentiment.

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The regime attempted to counteract by importing foreign workers of its own from other Communist states such as Vietnam and Mozambique, but in terms of education and skill level, these workers simply could not compensate for those who were lost. A second consequence of the migrations within Germany was that many entered the western portion of the nation at a time when the economic situation was difficult and when other groups coming into Germany were competing for employment and scarce economic resources.

S. government, including Treasury Secretary Henry The German Economy, “Foreigners,” and Jews 17 Morgenthau, were opposed to aiding Germany in terms of industry and technology because they feared the rebuilding of the German war machine. An additional aspect of reluctance to aid Germany was rooted in the agreement reached at the Yalta Conference, which took place in the Crimea in February 1945. Attending the conference were the three major Allied leaders: President Franklin Roosevelt of the United States, Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain, and Premier Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union.

In the midst of integration and the growing resentment against refugees and immigrants, large numbers of Aussiedler desired to leave these failed regimes and return to Germany. Existing German law made it relatively easy to return, and the German government has provided considerable support for the Aussiedler since the end of the war. Germans had been in Eastern Europe for some time, chiefly in search of better economic opportunities than were available in the homeland. When Catherine the Great became empress of Russia in 1762, she opened land to other Europeans who wished to farm in that nation.

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