People Making a Difference Frank Richter uses the power of talk to help German towns think about immigrants

To Germans uneasy about their obligation to welcome foreign asylum seekers, Richter offers meaningful dialogue.

Courtesy of The Center for Civic Education in Saxony

Not long ago Neukirch, a German town of 5,000 people near the Czech border, was in trouble. People were angry, aggressive. The news that as many as 100 asylum seekers would soon be living in their midst landed like a bomb and exploded citizens into action. They hit the streets.