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Neo-nazism a Strong Presence in East Germany, Tv Reports

Neo-Nazism in East Germany is far more than a marginal phenomenon, according to a documentary broadcast on Dutch television Friday night.

The program, called “Focus,” maintained that neo-Nazis are much stronger in East Berlin today than in most parts of West Germany.

It is very well organized, and requires the full-time attention of the Criminal Investigation Division, which has assigned some 30 operatives to watch the movement, the documentary said.

It is not characterized by anti-Semitism but by racism, which singles out all non-Germans, especially non-whites such as Vietnamese and Africans from Angola or Mozambique, who came to East Germany as students or guest workers under the former Communist regime.

Homosexuals are also targeted as they were in the Third Reich, the Dutch broadcast said.