Far-right party asks for Jewish stats in German city

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — A far-right party in Germany asked to receive information on the number of Jews living in the city of Dortmund.

Councilman Dennis Giemsch of The Right party also asked for a breakdown of where the Jews live according to the city districts, according to reports.

Dortmund is located in western Germany in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and has a population of about 576,000.

The request made last week was reported in the German media over the weekend.

Giemsch said the information was relevant for his political party. He asked for data on other subjects in the same request.

The head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, called the request “sickening and perfidious anti-Semitism.”

The party’s platform includes protecting the “German identity,” banning English words in advertising, protecting German culture, limiting immigration and supporting  German families to have German children, among other planks.