The leader of the far-right AfD has defended her party after several anti-Semitic scandals among its members, saying that in fact they are one of the few forces that will guarantee Jewish life in Germany.

President of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, said last week that the entire Alternative for Germany (AfD) was a "disgrace for Germany" after several incidents in which AfD members seemingly downplayed the Holocaust, sympathized with Nazis, or suggested that the country should feel less guilty about its Nazi past.

"This party cannot have a place in Germany, I hope that it disappears from the political stage soon," Lauder said in the interview with Die Welt.

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