Munich — It was an "unbelievable adrenalin rush". That’s how Silvia Reinschmiedt describes the time, two years ago, when she joined hundreds of other volunteers to hand out food and drink to the bedraggled and traumatised refugees then streaming daily into Munich train station. "For the first time in my life I was really proud of Germany," she says. "Before, I always felt being German had such negative connotations." But the initial enthusiasm soon wore off. Reinschmiedt, director of an adult education centre in the small Bavarian town of Fürstenfeldbruck, quickly realised what a hard slog it would be to absorb so many immigrants from an entirely different culture. The trigger was when an elderly Syrian man told her that "Hitler was a good man, because he gassed all the Jews". "The problem of antiSemitism clearly does exist," she says of the Syrian asylum seekers. "Two years ago I thought it would be enough just to teach them German. But now I see we have to teach them our democrati...

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