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A newsletter on German - Jewish relations.

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AMERICAN EDITION

AN AMERICAN JEWISH GERMAN INFORMATION & OPINION NEWSLETTER dubowdigest@optonline.netAMERICAN EDITION

December 9, 2011Dear Friends:As 2011 comes to an end and as an incurable optimist, I got to thinking about it. In sum, I believe it was a pretty good year. No Holocaust and both our wars are coming to an end. Jewish security worldwide is still a question but what else is new?

I frequently think about you, my readers. It occurs to me that if youre reading this Ill assume youre alive and that alone is something to be grateful for. I would miss you if that wasnt the case. Of course, in reality the world is a mess but that seems to be its normal state. I cant remember a time when everything was going right.If our economy is in trouble, Europe is in worse shape. The one solid country, Germany should be receiving kudos and applause from their Euro confreres. However, more and more one reads that Europeans are worried about German hegemony. If you dont believe me click here to read Spiegel On-Line on the subject. http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,801982,00.html#ref=nlintTo make things worse, the financial ratings agencies are on the cusp of downgrading the Euro countries. Maybe were getting near another depression. I was born during the last one. Times were tough but my mother wasnt daunted by having another mouth to feed. You have to look at the bright side as she always did.Enough of this foolishness. No matter what the world situation is, were getting close to Hanukkah and Christmas both great holidays. 2012 is on the horizon with all the goodness a New Year brings.My thanks to all of you who read my scratchings I wish you good health and all good things in the coming year. Incidentally, Im taking a brief writing holiday so I wont be back to you until next year. So, Happy New Year!

In the meantime on to the newsIN THIS EDITIONA GERMAN EUROPE? Military might doesnt count any longer only economic power. Germanys got it.JEWISH FUNDING RISES German government funding for the Jewish community gets a boost.TRANSATLANTIC TROUBLE Is the relationship between the U.S. and Europe falling apart? Is it bad for the Jews?NEO-NAZI TERROR GANG & ITS FALLOUT Its a black mark against Germany. Are they on top of it now?SHOULD THE NPD BE BANNED? What about the legal neo-Nazi party? Should it remain legal?DAVID DUKE: WHATS HE DOING IN GERMANY? Our own homegrown KKK/neo-Nazi travels abroad. With the NPD who needs him?

THE SUB: FINALLY BUT AT WHAT PRICE? - Israel finally receives it but not without a political cost.

A GERMAN EUROPE?With Germany unquestionably being Europes largest and most dynamic economy, it is not surprising that some Europeans are worrying whether their continent will come under Germany hegemony. No boots, tanks or blitzkrieg this time. Just plain money!

A posting on the FP (Foreign Policy) by the magazines Associate Editor Joshua Keating noted, British MEP Nigel Farage, of the U.K. Independence Party, got up in Herman Van Rompuy's face [Editors Note: Hermann von Rompuy is President of the European Council] last week with an epic rant on the floor of the European Parliament that was also something of a victory lap for the longtime euroskeptic:While Farage's speech probably provides some catharsis for fed-up Europeans, the non-subtlety of his anti-German remarks was striking:

We are now living in a German-dominated Europe. Something that the European project was supposed to stop. Something that those who went before us actually paid a heavy price in blood to prevent. I dont want to live in a German-dominated Europe and nor do the citizens or Europe.

Farage's comments are the latest manifestation of the recent bout of Germanophobia that's been provoked by Angel Merkel's government's new status as Europe's lender of last resort. It's a sentiment that hasn't really been seen in Europe since the reunification of Germany, which Margaret Thatcher feared "would undermine the whole international situation and could endanger our security."

Farage may be something of an extremist, but Thatcher's Tory successors have been getting in on the latest handwringing as well. Here's London mayor and Conservative heavyweight Boris Johnson in a recent interview with the Telegraph:

What I dont think you can do, is just pretend that you can create an economic government of Europe, effectively run by Germany. Thats no thats not meant to be provocative towards Germany. Germanys just thrust into that position, by sheer economic weight and political necessity. Im not saying the Germans are being hegemonic in this. But I dont think its right for us; its not right for Europe.There's been some pushback against the notion. For instance the left-leaning New Statesman ran a piece this week dismissing fears of a "Fourth Reich" and arguing for the necessity of Germany's role in responding to the crisis. But it's a general rule that when magazines have to run stories denying that German economic policy is driven by a hidden Nazi agenda and do it with a great big swastika on the cover, it's not so good for Germany.

This isn't just limited to Britain. In once Nazi-occupied Greece, the media This is something of a can't-win situation for Germany. When it approves loans to struggling Southern European countries and imposes conditions on debtor governments, it's accused of trying to redominate Europe. When it's reluctant to give those loans, Greek lawmakers demand the money as reparations for wartime atrocities and commentators suggest that the Germans are being stingy because they're sick of atoning for its past and "are convinced that their country's foreign policy has been driven by servile submission for too long." Other outside commentators argue that the German government's antipathy toward deficit spending is a result of the "1920s hyperinflation seared into German psyche."

Unfair as these attacks may be, it's understandable that Europeans are resentful and confused about what seems like a rapid loss of national sovereignty. Plus there's a certain element of Godwin's Law at work. If America's most popular radio host can compare the policies of an African-American president to Nazism, it's not the surprising that actual former victims of Nazism would reach for the same analogy.

He has targeted the unfortunately named European Task Force, Horst Reichenbach, with tabloids dubbing him the "Third Reichenbach" and running photos of his office with the tagline, "The New Gestapo Headquarters." Protesters routinely don Nazi uniforms to protest what is seen as a new German imposition on Greek sovereignty. This is something of a can't-win situation for Germany. When it approves loans to struggling Southern European countries and imposes conditions on debtor governments, it's accused of trying to redominate Europe. When it's reluctant to give those loans, Greek lawmakers demand the money as reparations for wartime atrocities and commentators suggest that the Germans are being stingy because they're sick of atoning for its past and "are convinced that their country's foreign policy has been driven by servile submission for too long." Other outside commentators argue that the German government's antipathy toward deficit spending is a result of the "1920s hyperinflation seared into German psyche."

Unfair as these attacks may be, it's understandable that Europeans are resentful and confused about what seems like a rapid loss of national sovereignty. Plus there's a certain element of Godwin's Law at work. If America's most popular radio host can compare the policies of an African-American president to Nazism, it's not the surprising that actual former victims of Nazism would reach for the same analogy.

I tend to agree with Joshua Keating its a no win situation for Germany. Proud nations do not like the idea of getting handouts. Any country that gives them is always is a prime target to get bitten on the helping hand especially if the handout itself is seen as a benefit to the benefactor. The prime example, of course, in none other than the United States. How many times has it seemed that the countries receiving our beneficence have turned on us and has pointed to us as a prime enemy? It is true that nations mostly act in their own self-interest and the dispensing of aid usually has something in it for themselves. Its the way of the world so Germany better get used to the criticism. However, it should be said on Germanys behalf that Euro hegemony does not seem to be its economic aim. European unity seems to be much more their goal.

You will have to make up your own mind on the issue. JEWISH FUNDING RISES

As most of you know by now (if youve been reading DuBow Digest), the funding for the Jewish community in Germany does not come from individual contributions but from the government. You also know that Germany Jewry has grown in numbers to more than 110,000 registered and many more that are not (200,000? 250,000?). The costs are rising.

JTA recently reported, Germany reportedly will double its funding to the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

The decision, which broke last week in the mainstream news before being publicly announced, follows negotiations that began a year ago with the election of Dieter Graumann, a businessman based in Frankfurt, to head the council.

The German federal government will raise its allocation to the Central Council to 10 million euro, or about $13 million, from about 5 million euro, or $6.7 million.

Speaking with young Jews at a youth congress in Weimarover theweekend, Graumann, 61, said he hopes especially to use the new funding tohelp the younger generation. He said that despite Europe's difficult economic climate, the tim