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2 Germans Accuse Co-Workers of Slurs

November 15, 2002

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LONDON (AP)_ Police said Friday they were investigating a claim by two Germans that they were victims of anti-German slurs and taunting while working in England for mobile phone giant Motorola.

Jens Puhle, 30, and Heinrich Sawatzki, 41, said their English colleagues called them ``krauts″ and ``squareheads″, and goose-stepped around the Motorola office in Swindon, west of London.

Puhle said he was called ``Hitler’s henchman″ and Sawatzki was labeled ``Obersturmbannfuehrer,″ an SS rank.

Wiltshire Police said it was making inquiries into allegations of aggravated harassment.

The Germans, who claim the abuse forced them out of their jobs, are reportedly planning legal action against Motorola.

Motorola spokesman Patrick Hamilton said the company would cooperate with an investigation, but could not comment until the investigation was complete.

Puhle, who has an English girlfriend, told the Daily Mail: ``It was really unbelievable, totally outrageous and we had to put up with it every day.

``They used to call us Germans and sing songs about Hitler. I made several complaints about it but they were all ignored.″

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