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Berlin's Integration Senator Dilek Kolat (SPD), Thomas Muecke, co-founder of the Violence Prevention Network, and German Family Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) cut the ceremonial ribbon as they attend the opening of the Behira center, offering counseling against Muslim extremism, at the Sehitlik mosque on August 18, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The new center will be run by the Violence Prevention Network, the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, and the predominantly Turkish community of the mosque itself.

Program focuses on prison counseling and community engagement.

Violence Prevention Network

October 2015, Number 06.04

“It was intoxicating — I could decide over life and death.” 
“You simply couldn’t, you had to obey, others made the decisions.” 

“I would have done it. I didn’t give a damn about the man. I would have beaten up the woman, too … all of them.” 
“What about the kid?” 

“That’s not fair. There are simply too many of them.” 
“Did you hear the child scream?” 

“I did not want to.” 
“What do you think, how did the little boy feel when he saw his dad fighting to stay alive?” 

“Shocked … furious … helpless … desperate…terrified. But I don’t feel sorry for these people — that’s what you’re getting at, right?” 
“What do you think, with all these emotions pent up, what’s the boy going to do some day?”

“One day he is going to bash someone’s head in...” Silence.

This is a dialogue from a coaching session with an inmate in Germany. The young man was sentenced for racially motivated crimes as well as assault and battery, intimidation, defamation and armed robbery. His tattoos reflect his right-wing extremist ideology: swastikas, SS runes, the Iron Cross...”

Excerpt from Judy Korn and Alexander Brammann, Violence Prevention Network,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  6, No. 4, 2015: 26-29 .

Judy Korn is founder and CEO of the Violence Prevention Network, a group of prevention and deradicalization experts in Germany working to counter extremism. She became an activist at the age of 14 after being attacked and beaten by neo-Nazis. Her efforts have contributed to reducing violence and radicalization in Berlin. She earned a master’s degree in educational science from the Technical University of Berlin in 1996.

Alexander Brammann is the Violence Prevention Network’s psychological advisor. He specializes in working with extremists in prison, educating prison staff on dealing with extremist perpetrators, and has worked with adolescents, schools and youth clubs to prevent youth radicalization.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.