New migrants arriving in Germany should visit Nazi concentration camp memorials to stamp out growing anti-semitism in the country, Germany’s Central Council of Jews said on Wednesday.

“People who have fled to us who have themselves had to escape or been expelled, can develop empathy in such memorials,” Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews, said. The visits should be prepared by schools and serve as a warning of where hatred of Jewish people could lead, he added.

However, a spokeswoman for the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees ministry has pointed out that integration courses already discuss the consequences of Nazi rule.

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Concerns over anti-semitism – which remains a highly sensitive topic in Germany since 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust – have grown in recent months.

According to police data, anti-Semitic crimes rose 4 per cent to 681 in the first eight months of 2017 from the same period in 2016. A report published in April by an independent group of experts also found that anti-semitism is on the rise and that Germany’s 200,000 Jewish people are increasingly worried about their safety.

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On Sunday, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), and her Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), said they want tougher measures for migrants who are accused of anti-semitic hatred.

The “unrestricted acceptance of Jewish life” is a “yardstick for successful integration,” a draft motion, seen by Die Welt newspaper, read. “Anyone who rejects Jewish life in Germany or questions Israel’s right to exist can not have a place in our country”, the draft said, threatening that migrants guilty of anti-semitism could lose their residence permit.

In December, homemade Israeli flags were burned in Berlin during a protest against American President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In response, the Jewish council, along with Thomas de Maiziere, Germany’s interior minister, called for an anti-Semitism commissioner to be placed in the Bundestag.

Schuster has previously told Bild newspaper that there are still parts of Germany where it is dangerous to be Jewish. "In some districts in major cities, I’d advise people not to identify themselves as Jews," he said.

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