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Saturday, November 3, 2003
MP Apologizes for Anti-Jewish
(Reuters) - A German
member of parliament who said Jews, like
Germans, could be described as a "nation
of perpetrators" apologized on Saturday
after an earlier insistence he had been
misunderstood failed to calm a storm of
Martin Hohmann, a
conservative opposition backbencher, faced
calls to resign from his own Christian
Democrat party for saying some Jews had
committed crimes during the Russian
revolution, in the same way some Germans
committed crimes during the Holocaust.
Hohmann retracted his
comments on Friday but pointedly refused
to apologize. On Saturday he took a
humbler approach in a brief statement.
"It was not my
intention to deny the uniqueness of the
Holocaust. It was not my intention to
characterize the Jews as a nation of
perpetrators," Hohmann said.
"If a different impression has
arisen, I emphatically apologize and am
sorry if I have hurt feelings," he
speech to his local constituency on
October 3, German Unity Day, Hohmann said
it was mainly Bolsheviks of Jewish descent
who had taken part in mass executions
during the 1917 Russian revolution.
"Jews were active
in large numbers at the leadership
level and in Cheka execution squads,"
Hohmann, 55, said.
"So one could with some
justification describe Jews as a nation
of perpetrators. That may sound
frightening. But it would follow the
same logic by which one describes
Germans as a nation of
His remarks, intended to
show Germans should not be seen as a
"nation of perpetrators" because of the
Holocaust, went unnoticed until ARD
television reported them on Thursday.
Hohmann said in a statement
on Friday he had been misunderstood and
had not intended to harm anyone's
feelings, but added the statement did not
represent an apology.
Criticizing Jewish people
taboo in Germany, still afflicted
by its guilt over the Holocaust.
Hohmann long opposed a
memorial in the center of Berlin to Jews
killed in the Holocaust, now under
construction. He also said in a
controversial 1999 speech in parliament
that Germany's "time of penance" for the
Holocaust should come to an end.
president of the Central Council of Jews
in Germany, said Hohmann's remarks
represented "the lowest level of
disgusting anti-Semitism" and urged the
CDU to take action.
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