From the SF Gate:
Thilo Sarrazin was a board member of Germany’s august central bank until he wrote a book claiming German society was being made “dumber” by Muslim immigrants. It’s a runaway best-seller, but has cost him his job.
By suggesting that Muslims’ inability, or unwillingness, to speak German may be linked to their DNA, Sarrazin broke a post-Nazi taboo on foraying into genetic theories. But his core argument resonates among many ordinary Germans, who fear that their language, culture and generosity are being abused by welfare-dependent newcomers, many of them Muslims.
The massive success of Sarrazin’s book has cracked open growing anti-immigrant anger among many Germans, who fear that their language, culture and generosity is being abused by newcomers, especially Muslims, who they say live off their welfare state without contributing to it.
Sarrazin provoked an outcry even before the book’s release when he said in a newspaper interview that “all Jews share a certain gene, like all Basques share a certain gene, that distinguishes these from other people.” Although research tends to confirm a genetic commonality — Sarrazin cites Darwin to justify his remarks — such notions are delicate in mainstream Germany for having driven the ideology behind Hitler’s genocide.