Criticism of business leaders like Nazi persecution of Jews, says economist

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Hans-Werner Sinn, head of the economic research institute Ifo, urged Germans not to search for "scapegoats" amid the current financial crisis, which he said was the result of "an anonymous system error."

Referring to the dire financial crisis of the 1930`s, which Hitler blamed on the Jews, he added;"At the time the search for scapegoats focused on the Jews; today it is the managers.

His comments immediately sparked an uproar. The secretary general of the central Jewish council of Germany, Stephan Kramer, called on Mr Sinn to apologise "unconditionally."

A caller on a popular radio talk show expressed the general incredulity at the comments: "Criticism of a few suits has, to the best of my knowledge, not led to them being rounded up and gassed."

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