Holocaust atonement seen as sufficient by 42 percent of Germans

Poll shows 42 percent of Germans feel holocaust reparations adequate

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A poll conducted by a research company shows nearly half of Germans believe that their country has made amends for the actions of the Nazis during World War II.

The survey by the Forsa Survey Institute published in the German Stern weekly magazine showed that 42 percent of Germans feel that the country has done enough to atone for the genocide and damage it inflicted on Europe seven decades ago.

Between 1938 and 1945 Germany, under the Nazi rule of Adolf Hitler, engulfed the continent in a war which resulted in over 61 million deaths, including genocide of the Jews and Romanis.

Following the war, the allied powers - consisting of France, the U.K., the U.S. and the Soviet Union - estimated that Germany had caused $320 billion worth of damage across Europe.

The poll was conducted following Greece’s recent demand that Germany pay more reparations to the country to alleviate the burden of its crippling economic debt, despite Germany being freed from reparation payments in 1949.

The poll results indicate a rise in nationalistic tendencies in Germany, a phenomenon which also manifests itself in the increased popularity of far-right movements such as PEGIDA in the country.

PEGIDA, a German nationalist anti-immigration movement, has conducted multiple anti-Islam and immigration rallies across the country in past months, gathering attendances of up to 25 thousand people.

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