Following an arson attack on a refugee shelter last year, the small community of Salzhemmendorf in Germany was thrust into the national headlines as a neo-Nazi stronghold. That's an image the locals are now doing their best to dispel.
A court has sentenced a firefighter to jail for setting fire to an asylum home in Altena in western Germany. According to the Federal Police Office, more than 700 cases have been registered so far this year.
Three arsonists convicted of firebombing a hostel housing refugees have been jailed for up to eight years. The Hanover court's presiding judge rejected denials, saying the motive was neo-Nazi racism akin to Hitler.
Prosecutors have started hearings in an attempted murder trial, accusing three defendants of arson on a refugee shelter. The trial is the first addressing the sharp rise in xenophobic attacks since the refugee crisis.
The city has been the scene of arson attacks, vulgar behavior and riots since the refugee crisis began. Many people think that is typical for Saxony. Marcel Fürstenau has another view.
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