Thursday, March 16, 2006

NAZISM IN GERMANY


The nazi movement is growing again...in Germany.

The following article is from The Forward.

German Crackdown on Neo-Nazis Does Little To Stall the Movement
By MICHAEL LEVITIN
March 17, 2006

BERLIN — In part of a nationwide crackdown on the growing neo-Nazi movement, Germany's highest administrative court handed down a first-ever ruling this week classifying a neo-Nazi rock group as a criminal organization because its lyrics spread racial hatred. The decision came on the heels of a national controversy stirred up here last week, when local officials in the former eastern German town of Halberstadt bowed to pressure from extreme right groups and canceled a concert by anti-Nazi activist and political songwriter Konstantin Wecker.

The developments underscored that neo-Nazism not only persists in Germany but also appears to be growing stronger, both politically and culturally, even as the government tries to halt its momentum.

In an effort to reverse the trend, German officials have begun eyeing the music of extremist groups. This week, the country's top administrative court upheld a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for Michael Regener, the singer and songwriter whose group, Landser, was found guilty of "inciting public hatred against foreigners and minorities in Germany." It marks the first time in Germany that a collective prosecution successfully targetted a music group. "The primary goal of this band was to commit crimes," said J├╝rgen Lampe, spokesman for the federal prosecutor.

Such songs as "The Reich Will Be Back," featuring lyrics like "Turks and Commies and all that scum will soon be forever gone," have struck a chord with this country's under-educated, xenophobic youth. Indeed, neo-Nazi organizations, through their savvy distribution of music in schools and small cities, have become popular and freely accessible to many students.

"Democratic forces in Germany are simply at a loss to effectively counter an ideology of dumb violence that is infesting more and more young minds," said Frank Jantzen, an expert on right-wing movements, according to press reportd.

Despite police vigilance and a German public that takes the neo-fascist threat seriously, support for such groups among young, poor and unemployed men — especially in the former East — is mounting. The news weekly Focus reported last month that the number of neo-Nazi skinhead activists rose in 2005 by some 300 to more than 4,000, while the ranks of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party jumped by 700 to 6,000 registered members. Even faster growth of neo-Nazi groups is happening across the border in Poland, where a new, openly anti-gay president seems to look the other way each time skinheads strike out — as they did, without reprisal, against a gay march last year.

An example of such agitation happened March 8 in Halberstadt, when National Democratic Party members threatened to buy all the tickets and disrupt a "Nazis get out of our town" concert by the singer Wecker. The neo-Nazis claimed that the musician's criticism of their movement was an unacceptable form of political campaigning in the run-up to March 26 state elections. Local officials agreed to cancel the show.

The decision to cancel the concert was criticized by the German Jewish community and by state officials.

Klaus Jeziorsky — interior minister for the state of Saxony-Anhalt, in which Halberstadt is located — expressed dismay at the concert's cancellation. "One cannot give in to threats by right-wing extremists," he said, upbraiding local officials.

Germany's Central Council for Jews labeled the authorities' decision "politically bankrupt."

Refusing to buckle, Wecker took his concert to nearby Jena, vowing to return to Halberstadt in the summer for an open-air concert. "One shouldn't give in to the NPD," he told the online edition of Der Spiegel. "I haven't given up on Halberstadt."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

YEAH NAZIISM WAS HORRIBLE

Food for the hungry!
Work for the unemployed!

The jewish banker anticulture and
classist rapists forced out, and thrown off their thrones held up by insane usury on the pesant aryan worker!!!!

Positive euginics established!

health and joy for the able.....



These laws banning anything pro euro as "hate" while celebrating and promoting any other cultures identity...shows more about TRUE motives of evil......Then ALL THE MEDIA LIES OF THE PAST 60 YEARS

Anonymous said...

I mostly disagree with these 'Nazi' types, but I am sympathetic as well; this 'Nazism' is on the rise because it is their own European way of dissenting against this Zionist World War for Israel and Zionist corporations. Wars that are not in the interests of the European natives and their kinfolk in the US.

Wake up, the majority of top CEOs, top CEO lawyers, the top non-elected officals in the AMERICAN LEVIATHAN are of "Chosen people, apples of god's eye" extraction. Morris Dees, Daniel Pipes, Paul Wolfowitz, and Abraham Foxman are the real "extreme racists".

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