Speaking to Die Welt am Sonntag, Josef Schuster said that many asylum seekers who have arrived in Germany “come from countries where hatred of Jews and Israel are a raison d'État.”
“One doesn’t just forget caricatures that have been impressed upon one for decades when one enters Germany,” he said.
Schuster called for “anti-Semitic attitudes to become a central theme of integration courses” for the more than one million refugees who have arrived in Germany since the beginning of 2015.
“Maybe it makes sense for participants to visit a concentration camp or a Jewish museum,” he said, adding though that short integration courses couldn’t be expected to work miracles.
“Whoever thinks that integration can be achieved in two years, is fooling themselves. When I look back at the integration of Jewish migrants from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s, then I can only say that complete integration takes one, if not two generations.”