Penn State International Law Review

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Racial intolerance. Bigotry. Gang violence. Death. Destruction of property. Terror. Hate. Virtually every nation in the world can lay claim to any or all of these social dilemmas. Nevertheless, when these problems are mentioned in the context of German reunification, there is always the fear that Germans will shun their democratic traditions and resort to an ultra-conservative, fascist government as they shunned the Weimar Republic and accepted National Socialist rule in 1936. Germany's racial problems are probably no worse than any other nation's, and the probability of a rebirth of national socialism is minute. Nevertheless, the world community focuses closely on the hatred and racial intolerance that Germany today experiences because of its troubled past.