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Sarrazin earns millions with anti-immigration book
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Sarrazin earns millions with anti-immigration book

Published: 17 Dec 2010 13:13 GMT+01:00
Updated: 17 Dec 2010 13:13 GMT+01:00

Former Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin has become a millionaire many times over thanks to the proceeds of his inflammatory book attacking Muslim immigrants.

Sarrazin enraged politicians and the public this summer with the incendiary publication Deutschland schafft sich ab - Wie wir unser Land aufs Spiel setzen, or “Abolishing Germany - How we’re putting our country at jeopardy.”

In the book, Sarrazin warns that Germans could become “strangers in their own country” because of integration, and argues that Muslims are not compatible with German society.

He may have been forced to resign from his post at the Bundesbank and fight expulsion from the centre-left Social Democratic Party, but Sarrazin said on ZDF’s talk show Stuckrad Late Night on Thursday that he’d made a pile of money from the book.

When host Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre estimated that the 1.2 million copies sold had earned his guest €3 million, Sarrazin indicated it was significantly more.

But the sudden wealth has not changed life for him and his wife, Sarrazin said.

“I just say, ‘It will go into the account and then we’ll wait patiently,” the 65-year-old said, adding he still needed to pay taxes on the large sum.

When asked why he waited until his political career was over to publish the book, the former Berlin finance minister said he’d had other issues to tackle, such as the consolidation of the German capital budget.

And there won’t be a another book about his time at the Bundesbank, he said.

“That would be a little too boring,” he quipped.

In the run-up to his first book’s publication, Sarrazin also made several controversial public remarks, claiming that Muslims don’t want to integrate and are making the country “dumber.”

Other controversial statements include that ethnic groups are distinguished by particular genes – for example that “all Jews share a certain gene.”

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13:46 December 17, 2010 by saar
He said something that everyone knows but afaid or don not want to say. So,someone who does it first gets paid. It could have being you.
14:27 December 17, 2010 by So36
Yes, racist bigotry still pays.
14:50 December 17, 2010 by mhdamro
great ... just when i thought the debate about integration is over, now it comes back again .... i hope that Portugal gets bankrupt for the newspapers to have something else to cover ......!!!!!!!!!!
14:58 December 17, 2010 by wood artist
You are correct, saar.

What he said was that the xenophobia that has fueled countless wars and killed millions is alive and well, that racial bigotry hasn't gone away, and that the human race still has a long way to go in learning to live peacefully. He reminded us all that it's still easier to fear and hate than accept and learn. He explained exactly how stereotypes allow us to dismiss things that challenge our simplistic beliefs.

In short, he told us a lot about ourselves, and very little about those we choose to fear because they are somehow different. Like others who have written books in Germany, he again explained and demonstrated the skills of creating racial hatred for people who are not racially different. I hope genetic research can quickly identify the "Jewish Gene" so we can have a test for it. It would save a lot of time, and we wouldn't need those bothersome eye charts and nose measurements.

I suspect he made a lot more money from this book than the last guy who wrote one of these.

wa
16:14 December 17, 2010 by Viva Melita
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16:16 December 17, 2010 by Joshontour
Bigotry is alive and well in "enlightened" Germany.
16:59 December 17, 2010 by noas
the new "mein kampf"... nothing new or brave. more than 70 years in Germany already...
17:07 December 17, 2010 by Beachrider
You cannot complain about the immigrants that you get if the world shows you to be an adverse environment.

We have folks like this in the USA, but they have little swing in the immigration hub-cities (NYC, Boston, New Orleans, LA, SF, Seattle, etc.).

It is OK to have the discussion so long as you can pay-the-piper for the value judgements that it brings from outsiders.

...and Germany really SHOULD be one of the shining stars of the EU for immigration...
17:27 December 17, 2010 by Viva Melita
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17:40 December 17, 2010 by BayouCoyote
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18:45 December 17, 2010 by couchtripper
Why do so many fools blame foreigners for everything?

'They took my job!' - get better trained then.

'They don't speak my langauge!' - I doubt you've got anything they want to hear.

'They wear different clothes!' - says you in your Lehderhosen.
20:10 December 17, 2010 by Biggseye
Interestingly enough the author has many valid points. Germany has lost control of it's ability to maintain an identity that dates back hundreds of years. Like The US, the UK, and any nation that allow this to happen. I am not against immigration, what I am against is the lack of assimilation on the part of the new comers. They flee a homeland to come and then instead of embracing the culture and language of Germany, they try to convert it into a little section of home. really does not make sense to me. Another factor is that the new comers often are treated better than citizens of the nation they immigrate to. Here I am talking of Legal immigrants, Illegal Immigrants get better treatment then they should if anything is done for them. They are, by definition, criminals. As such I have no sympathy for them no matter what. It is interesting also that because of the history of the last century, any attempt to control immigration in Germany brings out this "mein kampf" crap. It is not racism or xenophobic, or backward, or in any way shape or form evil to demand that immigrants to Germany adapt the culture and language. Try going to Turkey and creating a German speaking christian community, it is not going to be allowed. Think Turkey is not the norm? Then try it in Japan? or India, or any African county. No only the western European nations and North America allow immigrants to create pockets of cultural cancer by bending over and letting the new comers set the rules and making the established population pay for it. Here is the point that the Japanese, the Turks, and many other nations have learned, If new comers are not assimilated into existing culture, the existing culture will suffer. There will be tension, violence, revolt, and possible revolution by the various cultures. Only a socialist liberal would be believe the diametrically opposite cultures can exist in the same country at the same time. History tells us that all such attempts lead to bloodshed, often on a massive scale. We are not talking German christian verse German Hebrew, we are talking German culture verses Middle eastern culture. the German culture is an open and free culture, the mid eastern culture is a closed culture that closely resembles middle age culture.
00:37 December 18, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Bigotry disguised as populism sells, no question about it. Ask Sarah Palin.
08:41 December 18, 2010 by JAMessersmith
The more the pitfalls of globalism become apparent, the more widespread ideologies like isolationism and nationalism will spread.
09:59 December 18, 2010 by OkieinBerlin
Of course the book has made millions, with all the luird publicity it has received in shitty so-called newpapers...
10:33 December 18, 2010 by darwiniandemon
Here's a question: how many of you have actually READ the book? I doubt not many of you since it's in German and this is an expat forum.

I read the book. Yes, it has a certain skewed perspective but it does make valid, factual points. I disagree with him on some points but also agree with him on others.

Don't let the media twist his words. Read the book before making up your opinion.
12:13 December 18, 2010 by ErickDDiaz
I landed in Munchen Airport in 07 I thought I was in Turkey.
13:14 December 18, 2010 by ranjhi
@Biggseye: Since when have the white Europeans or black Africans of North America become "native"? You forget that they are the original immigrants, and when the Europeans went about colonizing the rest of the world, they did not worry about the niceties of learning the language or assimilating themselves in the local culture.....

Why should it be so important to assimilate? Cant differences and diversity be celebrated? If a Swede comes and lives in Germany, he is not asked to assimilate or "integrate"....why? is it because he just looks so similar? If I feel proud of my culture and background, and am a productive law abiding citizen of this country, i see no reason why I should get rid of my own culture and background, just to "fit in". I don't have to "fit in"....i have to be accepted as an equal, just like everyone else. Is that not equality and justice, in the "civilized" world?
14:53 December 18, 2010 by Joshen
@Biggseye

"It is not racism or xenophobic, or backward, or in any way shape or form evil to demand that immigrants to Germany adapt the culture and language."

No it isn't but it is racism to say that a person is unable to do so just because he is from another culture/race. I think thats what this discussion should be about and thats why Sarrazins book should be critticized.

When it comes to assimilation, my opinion is that a immigrant should learn the language and respect the values of the culture but that every person has a right to keep it's cultural identity. This aplies just as much for swedes (like myself) as for iranians or turks.
21:07 December 18, 2010 by surj
Biggseye, You hit a nail on the head ,many may disagree with you but you are 100% right. When we talk of immigrants coming into Germany except muslims, most others will integrate, I have friends who are married to German women and now feel part and parcel of the German society,still keep little bit of their culture. Muslims will never accept that, they would have a woman converted to Islam. Arabs went out of Saudi Arabia and colonised whole of North Africa and West Africa. They colonised most of Middle East. So what are you talking of 'ranjhi' ? www.thereligionofpeace.com and www.islam-watch.org and www.faithfreedom.org Muslims are the biggest ' raciest ' on this planet
13:21 December 19, 2010 by michael4096
@surj et al.. paraphrasing: there are even bigger racists in the world than us!!!

Oh! That's alright then!

Remember! The people Sarrazin is complaining about are generally born in Germany, often their parents were born in Germany; their families have two, three members working hard in German firms making German exports and paying German taxes. Sure they prefer to speak something else, not eat sausages or drink beer and wear headscarves - so what!

And, what they have to do with the Saudi equivalent of the racists on this forum I cannot understand at all.
19:22 December 19, 2010 by jolly-go-down
Meh, if you find the time to complain about immigrants, you also have the time to make changes that extinguish the fire instead of pouring more gasoline onto it. Guess it's just more comfortable to point fingers... always has been and nothing has changed about that. A pity. I'm gonna listen to Lennon's Imagine now.
00:22 December 20, 2010 by schmidt48
I agree with comment #7. To the unbiased outside observer, the similarities to Mein Kampf, also a bestseller that blamed Germany's problems on a religious minority, are most striking.
18:46 December 20, 2010 by noas
if the assimilation is so important - wht are Amish (germans) in the US still speaking German and not assimalating with US population? why are there so many German speaking schools in California. i propose that Germans darkennd people from all over the world and especially from the US get back to germany and try to be assimilated there....
19:48 December 21, 2010 by Biggseye
#22 I don't know what Amish your talking about, but around here, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, the Amish all speak English. While it is true some do still speak German in their homes, the majority speak only English. And they have assimilated into the American Culture. They ask for nothing special, they go to public schools, work in hospitals, are members of the local communities, school boards, elected government. This Idea that Amish are a separate culture is just bunk. They don't Drive, neither do 50% of the people that live in New York City. Actually young Amish, at least the ones I know, do have cars, radios, MP3 players, IT is as an adult that they make the decision to live a very simple life style. This is by personal choice, there is no requirement to continue this life style if one does not wish to. And the most important difference between the Amish and the Mid eastern Arab; they do not wish to be treated as special, different, nor do they wish to impose their way of life on non Amish. Ever hear of an Amish religious war? Ever hear of Amish stoning those that do not believe or break thier rules. No there is a big difference between the Arab world and the Amish religion, a true religion of peace. I would take 10,000 true Amish over anyone that does not want to be part of the culture.
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