Germany's refugees: No good deed goes unpunished

Between 1945 and 1950, some 12 million German refugees arrived in Germany. The Germans took them in.

European Union 2015—European Parliament Photo
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Oct. 7 at the European Parliament.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 10/21/2015 12:00 am EDT

Two months ago  Chancellor Angela Merkel amazed the world by opening Germany’s borders to all the genuine refugees (mostly Syrians and Afghans) who could get that far. She must have known her own people well, because ordinary Germans showed extraordinary sympathy and generosity to the new arrivals.

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