German Immigration vs. Cultural Diversity

The editorial "German Unity - and Diversity," Sept. 2, was fine in theory, but it had one flaw. Every right-thinking person naturally deplores the barbarous treatment the recent immigrants to Germany are receiving at the hands of a small but fanatical right-wing minority.

But we need to understand that Germany does not enjoy the luxury of cultural diversity that Americans do. It is a fact that Germany is more ethnically pure than is the United States. The cause of the flood of immigrants into Germany is economic not political; it is the same problem that we are experiencing in this country.

The solution is for Germany to tighten its immigration laws and let some of the other European countries share the burden; otherwise, there is a very real danger that Germany may turn irreversibly to the right and produce another Hitler. Bob Gideon, Fairfax, Va.

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