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The New EuropeANS 113 Berlin had been groped at the train station by a man she “could tell” was a refugee. Her hair- dresser’s son in Frankfurt was one of only two native Germans in his elementary school class. A CDU staffer there said that gangs of immi- grants walk down the main shopping street belching in people’s faces. “My goodness,” Stein- bach said. “ What is it all leading to?” By the time I talked to her, I had met some of the new faces of Germany. There was Ahmad, sweeping in front of his door in Rotenburg. There were the two boys at a shelter in Ber- lin, who cry themselves to sleep, their father Mohamad told me, when they can’t reach their mother back in Damascus. There was Sharif, a restaurant owner from Aleppo, who saw Ger- many as a last chance; his kids hadn’t been to school since the fighting began in 2011. And then, at the same gym in Berlin, there was an anguished 20-year-old, visibly pregnant, her face a smooth oval framed by a white head scarf. Soon after she started talking, she burst On the eve of her wedding in Berlin to Serkan Çavan, bride Gözde Sakallı celebrates a traditional Turkish “henna night,” during which bridesmaids dance and sing sad songs, and her future mother-in-law colors her palm with henna to foreshadow her loss of virginity. Some 93 percent of German Turks marry other Turks.