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A law is passed granting all Germans the right to inspect their files kept by the GDR’s former intelligence agency “Stasi“. The findings are often painful, revealing that hundreds of thousands of informants had spied not only on strangers, but also on friends and relatives.

For several days, rightist extremists go on the rampage outside the Central Refugee Shelter in the East German city of Rostock-Lichtenhagen. Rioters throw Molotov cocktails at an apartment house. Just in time, more than 100 refugees manage to escape from the burning building.

In West Germany, too, xenophobia is an issue. In the city of Mölln, rightist extremists throw petrol bombs at apartment houses inhabited by Turkish families, killing two children and one adult. Hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets to protest against right-wing acts of terror.

What else happened?

Former Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt dies at the age of 79.

In 1992, more than 440000 persons seek asylum in Germany. The high number of asylum seekers leads to changes in the German asylum legislation.

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