by Alex Sholem – Tuesday 24th of October 2006

Concerns have been raised about the safety of Germany’s Jewish community as new government figures show an alarming rise in neo-nazi attacks since the beginning of the year.

Politicians and Jewish leaders had already expressed worry about the rise of the far-right, with reports of neo-nazi marches and book-burning parties became increasingly common.

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But now new figures compiled by the Interior Ministry have quantified the scale of the problem facing Germany’s leaders.

They indicate that in the first eight months of 2006 there were some 8,000 reports of racial crime committed by the far-right – a significant increase over the 6,605 incidents recorded in the same period the previous year. And when compared to the 5,127 incidents reported in 2004, the significance of the rise becomes even more apparent.