My first experience with neo-Nazis

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Given the speed with which rumors fly, and grow, I've decided I may as well post some details here. On Thursday I went into the Neptun Einkauf Center, here in Rostock, to get some lunch. On my way out through their Parkhaus, I noticed a young man dressed all in black shouting and stamping near one exit. I took a different exit, but had to pass by that exit to get where I was going. As I drew closer, I could tell that what he was shouting was, "Sieg Hail." He turned towards me, gave the Hitler salute, shouted "Sieg Hail!" again and came quickly towards me. I kept walking. He shouted something which I didn't understands at the back of my head from a few inches away. My German is nicht so gut yet so the only word I caught was "Jude!" which he used repeatedly. I continued walking and he walked alongside me, leaning on me and shouting. His breath was rather rank, but didn't smell of alcohol in particular. However his eyes didn't quite focus and he was clearly high on something. He was dressed in black from boots to jacket and black short-cropped hair. I kept walking, he kept shouting, and stepped in front of me. The few other shoppers coming out of the mall seemed extraordinarily interested in the sidewalk in front of them. When a group of four or five of them came out of the exit behind us, he ran off, pushing me aside as he went. He ran towards where two other young men all in black were making a commotion in front of the nearby motorcycle shop. As he ran he shouted, "Rostock! Rostock!"

I wasn't hurt or traumatized, just offended that people can be so stupid. I reported it to my employer. A (bilingual) administrator and I went to file a police report. The police were friendly and completed a report but made it clear that there was nothing much they could do unless someone could positively identify the young man. They said this was the first time anyone had filed such a report in that particular precinct in three years, although I know that is under-reporting. A German colleague has since told me that at about the same time and in about the same place she also was returning from lunch and was yelled at and shoved by a drugged young man in black. It didn't strike her as worth reporting until she heard my story.

My employer has asked all employees to report anything that even vaguely resembles neo-Nazi activity whether it happened in the past or is a new event. They employ many ex-pats as well as a large number of Germans, and are taking the whole thing extremely seriously and have given me more support than I feel I actually need.

I've heard rumors that I was the victim of a vicious anti-Semitic beating, that I was knocked around, or that I was attacked at length. None of these of the case, although that was clearly the threat. Being Jewish, I am perhaps even more offended by such people than average, and more frustrated when people simply look away, but I'm well aware that the general population here has little sympathy for such thugs.

I won't change my habits or my feelings about Germany, as I previously knew that such people existed, and were active around Rostock.

 

So that's my story. I'm sure some will take this as confirmation of the worst rumors about Rostock, which it isn't. I hope that some will take it as a reminder that closing our eyes and hoping the Nazis go away simply won't work any better than it did in the 30s and 40s.

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Jewish? I thought you were Spanish. :P

 

Glad nothing more happened and I hope the authorities take it more seriously and follow up on the reports.

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Being Jewish and Spanish aren't necessarily mutually exclusive, eurovol. ;)

 

This incident is very disturbing, but I wonder how a high neo-Nazi was able to identify the OP as being Jewish, something that usually is not obvious even to someone who is not high.

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It is possible that he was just harassing anyone who looked different, and shouting against the Jews out of habit. He may have had no idea I was Jewish. He may even have thought I was Greek, which people sometimes do.

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It is all Greek to neo-numbnuts. I mean does anybody really think they have a clue?

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I think that some people in Germany may have Jewdar. My youngest son brought his girlfriend to his brother's wedding near the Chiemsee. Sarah is Russian/Polish/Turkish and a Jew. I think she simply looks exotic as well as lovely, but an aged aunt of the bride asked me "What is the young lady's background?" I murmured something about Eastern European, and the old lady said, "She looks like a Jew to me."

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I know the area you are talking about. The old foreigner office used to be right by there, I used to always get a strange vibe when walking around there. Glad the guy didn't do any harm to you. We had one strange incident not by neos but a stupid holligan drunk fan start yelling at hubby and me on a train platform. Hubby said ignore him and he got louder. As soon as he saw my husband was wearing a Hansa Rostock shirt (we had been at the game earlier, as the drunk idot had too) and left us alone. Weird...why pick on people.

 

I have seen some old women on the Straßenbahn hitting her bag into a young girl while standing. The girl was sitting. There was something wrong mentally with this woman...or maybe she was drinking a bit early. Well she was in a seat in front of me and I managed to ignore her but she was purposely letting her bag hit this girl in the head. No one did a damn thing. If I hadn't been pregnant at the time I might have, but I feel strange when I also can'T understand everything.

 

At a Hansa game last year, we normally like to sit in the Süd Tribune for the atmosphere. There is a beer stand and a corner for fans and such. I was waiting for a beer, hubby was with his friend 20 meters away, and what do I see in front on me. A man in a tshirt that says Africa needs German colonies, in german of course, but I understood. I am glad the word beer is so damn easy to say and close to accent free...thankfully he was gone before I had to say it. I am sure he had friends around.

 

I noticed a lot a people don't do anything. They just ignore it or sit and watch. As a whole Rostock ain't so bad, but like anywhere there are isolated events. In the US when I was 17, a friend (black) and I were sitting on the trunk of a friends car waiting for them to come out of a restaurant. Some old redneck racist came out and up to us, and starting asking me if my parents knew where I was and who I was hanging out with. There were some other racist comments, at the time I didn't fully understand as I am white. Though I have dealt with racism from black people as I got older. It is not just Germany...people are stupid all over the world.

 

Jewdar, hahahahaha...seriously, how can people know?

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I think that some people in Germany may have Jewdar. My youngest son brought his girlfriend to his brother's wedding near the Chiemsee. Sarah is Russian/Polish/Turkish and a Jew. I think she simply looks exotic as well as lovely, but an aged aunt of the bride asked me "What is the young lady's background?" I murmured something about Eastern European, and the old lady said, "She looks like a Jew to me."

 

Do you really believe Germans have Jewdar?Hm, there are lot of "types" of Jews and like any other race they can look like quite different.

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If I hadn't made it clear, my son's intended is indeed a Jew. You can check out her photo on the Why are You Happy Today thread, pg. 551, post #8257.

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You need to learn karate and the next time. turn around and warn him in aloud booming voice." get out of my personal space! shot at him, and watch him back off, or you pull his head down and knee him in his face and then move on. Don't let anyone get that close to you again.

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Nice timely post Davidjackson. Do you have any "chill pills" at your place?

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If I hadn't made it clear, my son's intended is indeed a Jew. You can check out her photo on the Why are You Happy Today thread, pg. 551, post #8257.

 

http://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=47706&view=findpost&p=2434761

 

Looks like a Jew to me.

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Reminds me of the time my buddy went and got a degree, got married, and had kids so he could prove to his highschool ex he was goal oriented. Those poor kids...

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You need to learn karate and the next time. turn around and warn him in aloud booming voice." get out of my personal space! shot at him, and watch him back off, or you pull his head down and knee him in his face and then move on. Don't let anyone get that close to you again.

 

Yep and then go home, sit back and wait until the letter comes in the post charging you with assault...

 

Great advice (NOT!)

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Looks like a Jew to me.

 

Her aunt is hilarious: At the dinner on the evening before my brother's wedding she hovermothered her only son while she and I talked (non-stop) about cooking. A lovely family! And we all sat there eating pizza with ham, sausage and bacon.

 

Germany needs more Jews like that.

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