‘Chemnitz.’ Het klinkt als een laboratorium ergens achter een heuvel, waar gevaarlijke stoffen gemengd en gescheiden worden. De Oost-Duitse Saksische stad, die vroeger Karl-Marx-Stadt heette, is echter licht ontvlambaar om andere redenen: haar inwoners.
This recent letter from a concerned citizen was written to German politician and publicist Vera Lengsfeld (1952) and published on her website. Lengsfeld was a prominent civil rights activist (put under Stasi-observations) in former East Germany. More recently she was the initiator of ‘Die Gemeinsame Erklärung 2018’ – the ‘Joint Statement 2018’ – where she and about six dozen other German intellectuals called for law and order at the borders and an open debate without fear about mass-immigration in Germany. It was signed openly by over 165.000 people (from all walks of live) and presented to the government – but quickly framed as ‘far-right’.