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Herbert Diess, Member of the Board of Management at Volkswagon Group (Berlin, Germany 2013)

Volkswagen will be a financial driver behind an Anti-Defamation League office in Germany amid the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe.

“The initiative will focus on assessing the root causes of anti-Semitism, extremism and bigotry in society and develop programs to counter it through advocacy and education,” announced the ADL on Tuesday.

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This office will be the first ADL operation in Europe in more than 10 years, a Volkswagen spokesperson told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

“We have more obligation than others,” said Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess. “The whole company was built up by the Nazi regime.”

“The generous support of dedicated companies like Volkswagen, who share our values and stand behind our mission, provides added strength to our common cause,” said ADL CEO and national director Jonathan Greenblatt.

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