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German Neo-nazis Number 40,000

A report prepared by the German government puts the number of individuals organized in neo-Nazi groups in Germany at 40,000 and warns against an increased tendency by right-wing extremists to resort to violence.

The report, written in answer to a parliamentary question of the opposition Social Democratic Party, concludes that the frequent targets of right-wing violence are asylum-seekers, foreigners from Eastern European countries, blacks, left-wing activists, gays, prostitutes and Soviet soldiers.

No mention was made of Jews as a target.

Based on data gathered by the internal security service affiliated with the German Interior Ministry, the report stated that neo-Nazis in this country are organized into 76 groups. Some 4,200 militant skinheads have been counted.

The German government has meanwhile made available 20 million marks — some $13.5 million — for a special campaign to explain the dangers of right-wing extremism and to warn against aggression and violence, the report said.