• Germany edition
 
Neo-Nazi ban compared to persecution of Jews
Photo: DPA

Neo-Nazi ban compared to persecution of Jews

Published: 21 Dec 2012 11:07 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Dec 2012 11:07 GMT+01:00

"I like to remind people of the Third Reich," Christian Democratic Union politician Marco Schulz wrote in the Pommernblog, a conservative news blog in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. "There certain citizens were even marked so everyone could see that this person was an enemy of the state, because of their opinion or religion. ... I personally can't and won't accept it when people in our democratic society are prejudiced against because of their point of view."

Schulz was responding to a local controversy where CDU councillors sat down with two NPD counterparts for a coffee in a local bar, during a break in a council meeting.

The meeting was photographed by the Anklam's independent mayor himself Michael Galander, who told the regional Nordkurier newspaper that he'd wanted to document who was taking the fight against Nazis seriously. "They definitely weren't talking about the gardening," he said, before adding that he didn't want to publish the photos, but keep them for his personal "political diary."

The mayor's actions caused its own controversy among the CDU, whose local council leader Karl-Dieter Lehrkamp told the Nordkurier, "My colleagues thought it was a silly joke at first. These Stasi methods by the mayor do not help build mutual trust."

Lehrkamp also defended his councillors' meeting as mere politeness. He said the CDU had always sat at the same table in that bar, and at some point the NPD's Michael Andrejewski had asked if he could join them. "What would you do if someone asked you that question in a public bar?" he said, and underlined that the CDU was not in official dialogue with the NPD.

Following the many outraged comments on his blog post, Schulz backtracked on its message. "If I offended anyone with my article, then I apologize," he told the paper, saying that he had now seen that his formulation had been liable to misinterpretation. He had not meant to present the NPD as victims. "I stand for a free democratic order and do not tolerate anyone who violates that."

Schulz, a member of both the Anklam town council and the Vorpommern-Greifswald district council, also works as a police officer and was previously a mayoral candidate.

The German parliament is currently attempting to ban the NPD in the Federal Constitutional Court, on the grounds that its positions directly threaten the German constitution.

But a former constitutional court judge, Dieter Grimm, wrote to Bundestag President Norbert Lammert this week, warning that the NPD's statements could simply be dismissed as xenophobia and racism, and not a direct threat to the German constitution.

Grimm also warned that even a successful bid would face a stern challenge from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

The Local/DAPD/bk

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

12:13 December 21, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
'There certain citizens were even marked so everyone could see that this person was an enemy of the state, because of their opinion or religion. ... I personally can't and won't accept it when people in our democratic society are prejudiced against because of their point of view.'

One big difference. The Jews and other persecuted groups were forced to wear markings.
15:09 December 21, 2012 by jg.
The NPD look a lot more like the Nazis than any of the Nazis' victims.
18:40 December 21, 2012 by StoutViking
OK, now I truly seen it all...

If he would have compared them to persecuted communists and anarchists at the time, I would have understood but... Wait, maybe it's a joke and we simply don't get it?
Today's headlines
Glass memorial honours Nazi disabled victims
Floral tributes were laid on Tuesday at the new Holocaust memorial in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Glass memorial honours Nazi disabled victims

A 24-metre blue glass wall in Berlin has been unveiled to commemorate the systematic murder of up to 300,000 mentally ill and disabled people under Adolf Hitler. READ  

Germany to help with Mediterranean refugees
Migrants aboard an Italian navy patrol vessel in April 2014. Photo: DPA

Germany to help with Mediterranean refugees

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Tuesday pledged support for his Italian colleague in the struggle to manage refugees trying to reach the European Union via its southern coast. READ  

Ice bucket challenge raises €500,000 in a week
Elephant Nelly takes part in the ice bucket challenge in a Lower Saxony safari park. Photo: DPA

Ice bucket challenge raises €500,000 in a week

The coffers of the German Society for Muscular Disease (DGM) are overflowing with donations thanks to the viral craze for videos of donors dousing themselves with ice-cold water. READ  

Russian-German school opens in teeth of conflict
The GRIAT will open in the Russian city of Kazan. Photo: Shutterstock

Russian-German school opens in teeth of conflict

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is pressing ahead with its German-Russian Institute of Advanced Technologies (GRIAT) against a backdrop of international tensions over Ukraine. READ  

Schweinsteiger is new Germany captain: Löw
Photo: DPA

Schweinsteiger is new Germany captain: Löw

Bastian Schweinsteiger will replace fellow Bayern Munich player Philipp Lahm as captain of the German national football team, head trainer Joachim Löw said on Tuesday. READ  

Munich minister resigns in 'model car scandal'
Christine Haderthauer at her resignation press conference in Munich on Monday. Photo: DPA

Munich minister resigns in 'model car scandal'

Christine Haderthauer, head of the Bavarian state chancery, resigned “with immediate effect” on Monday evening over the so-called “model car scandal” in which her company sold scale models built by a man convicted of three sexual murders. READ  

Russia 'severed' from Europe: President Gauck
President Gauck stands shoulder to shoulder with President Komorowski of Poland in Gdansk on Monday. Photo: DPA

Russia 'severed' from Europe: President Gauck

Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said on Monday. READ  

National Uber ban is revenge of the taxis
Taxis are a powerful trade lobby in Germany. Photo: DPA

National Uber ban is revenge of the taxis

The Frankfurt regional court has imposed a temporary nationwide ban on chauffeur car service Uber, saying that it must pay a €250,000 fine if passengers continue to book rides through its app. READ  

Sex party 'desecrates' Bavarian royal spa
The facade of the Bad Reichenhall Royal Spa Hotel.

Sex party 'desecrates' Bavarian royal spa

The Bavarian finance ministry has demanded a report from the company running a publicly-owned spa in the town of Bad Reichenhall after they rented the property out for a fetish party. READ  

Merkel details Iraq arms shipment to MPs
Angela Merkel addressing the Bundestag on Monday as her ministers look on. Photo: DPA

Merkel details Iraq arms shipment to MPs

UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the Bundestag on Monday to explain her government's decision to send weapons to Iraqi Kurds fighting terrorist group Isis. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Photo: Shutterstock
Gallery
Ten of the oddest things found by German border control
Photo: Gerkan, Marg and Partners/Tegel Projekt GmbH/J. Mayer
Berlin
How will Berlin look in five years' time?
Photo: DPA
Culture
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? 10 reasons why you should
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The best of Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit in 14 pictures
Photo: DPA
Politics
Germany sends burgers and sausages to Kurds
Photo: Matthias Kock
National
Tribes, ties and a movie: A German's Afghan life
Photo: DPA
Gallery
10 things to do before summer in Germany is really over
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The mysteries of Berlin's abandoned theme park
Photo: Europeana.de 1914 - 1918
Gallery
A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,412
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd