The level of Germany's political debate about PEGIDA has long since reached the stage defined by Godwin's Law: that in any argument, sooner or later someone or something will be compared to Hitler or the Third Reich. But perhaps the surprise is that the self-styled "anti-Islamization" movement, which has experienced a resurgence in the wake of a new refugee influx, is the side that indulges most often in Third Reich comparisons - mostly with the current German government as the target.

Banners bearing images of Chancellor Angela Merkel dressed as Adolf Hitler have become a fixture at PEGIDA's weekly "strolls" in the eastern city of Dresden, and at the first anniversary demo on October 19, the speaker Akif Pirincci triggered outrage - and subsequently lost his publishing contracts - after he suggested the German government would like to put anyone opposing immigration into a concentration camp.

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