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Former neo-Nazi becomes leftist after sex change

The Local · 12 Mar 2011, 09:21

Published: 12 Mar 2011 09:21 GMT+01:00

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"I have completely broken with the NPD," Strub told German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung this week, referring to the right-wing extremist National Democratic Party (NPD). "I am a true socialist."

Strub was a member of the NPD from 2000 to 2002. Photos show "Horst Strub," as she was known in the years before her sex-reassignment surgery, with cropped hair, a beard and a bomber jacket.

Today, the 35-year old nurse and photographer named Monika Strub is campaigning for the socialist Left party.

Strub told Süddeutsche Zeitung she is now a victim of far-right harassment, saying she has been threatened multiple times. On Thursday. Strub said her home was vandalised after NPD stickers were placed on her windows and doors.

Meanwhile, the Left party has not tried to bury Strub's political past.

Christoph Kröpel, spokesman for the Left party in the state of Baden-Württemberg, described Strub's history with the NPD as a "youthful transgression" and said she has "fundamentally changed."

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He told the paper Strub had so clearly distanced herself from her former party "that there is absolutely no doubt as to her political bearing."

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10:13 March 12, 2011 by LiberalGuy
One of the headlines of the year!
10:18 March 12, 2011 by Kaeptn Outs
Warning: Sex change turns your political point of view upside down!
10:29 March 12, 2011 by KBCraig
Ah, once again the false dichotomy of "left" and "right" rears its head.

Nazis *are* socialists -- that's part of the name! The only real difference between Nazis and the "left" socialists is who they hate. Both hate those not like them, but with one group they define that by racial/national terms, and the other group defines "the enemy" as anyone who "makes too much money".
10:50 March 12, 2011 by stux
Sounds like a stable person that should be in the government.
12:51 March 12, 2011 by guerrillafighter
Nazis were fascist. Fascism is extreme right.

The title was meaningless propaganda like everything else they did and said.
14:26 March 12, 2011 by derExDeutsche
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14:58 March 12, 2011 by frankiep
Fascism is not extreme right. It is neither left nor right and cannot be defined by the left/right paradigm since it can exist on either side. Authoritarianism ("worship" of a strong leadership figure), high levels of nationalism, state controlled media, and strict economic control either through the government directly, or through approved corporations which function at the behest of the government, are the elements of fascism.

Nazi Germany under Hitler certainly fit this description, but so does North Korea under Kim Jong-Il, and I never heard anyone claim that he is on the extreme right. But, like I said, fascism cannot be categorized into the right/left model, and anyone who tries to do so is fooling themselves.
15:18 March 12, 2011 by derExDeutsche
@ Frankiep

Great points. However, in Germany, it is common belief, that if your views fall within the 'Left' category, that you are inherently incapable of; racism, antisemitism or fascism. Not to mention, the fact that they pride themselves on being the smartest, best looking, most educated around;)
16:58 March 12, 2011 by wenddiver
Any flag that can spin in the wind like she is doing probably has a great future as a Politician were lieing is the real art.
22:02 March 12, 2011 by Talonx
@ KBCraig

Then is the Republican party communist or the Republic of China extremely right wing?
23:22 March 12, 2011 by maxbrando
An absolutely fantastic headline!!! You have outdone even yourself! Kudos! Bows! Encore - now!

What will the bikers think? Are they all secretly eyeing each other in the loo?
02:01 March 13, 2011 by Dashcroft
Well, there you are, once a socialist, always a socialist.
02:55 March 13, 2011 by wenddiver
So to make somebody a leftist you just cut off the male parts.
08:32 March 13, 2011 by Landmine
Talk about someone who does not know who they are.... First a Nazi and then a sex change. That is one confused person....
14:09 March 13, 2011 by mike_1983
KBC you hit the nail on the head, i was thinking the exact thing when reading this article. there isnt really much difference between extreme left and right. as there is much difference between centre left and right these days....
21:00 March 16, 2011 by wxman
That will do it to you.
19:37 March 18, 2011 by Kennneth Ingle
I find some of the remarks here very interesting, especially those of KBCraig.

Looking back to 1945 it can be seen that in the GDR (DDR), Many Nazis turned into loyal communists overnight.

The difference was far smaller than the similarities. The first is a form of socialism intended for a national community, the second for the world population.

The methods used to obtain this goal were and are almost identical. This can currently be observed when comparing the criminal actions of some neo-Nazis with those of the Antifa in Germany.

To compare the Republican party in the USA with these two groups would be wrong, because although right-wing nationalists, the movement is more "capitalist" than socialist.
18:39 March 19, 2011 by jakeFlagg
Here's the basic difference between communism and fascism:

Communism, the state pretty much owns everything & everybody and you must toe the line. Fascism, the state is the final authority of what you can do or own, and thus supports the illusion of private property & self determination. Here in the US we've had fascism since the 1920's; however, back then it was called 'industrial socialism.' All the other isms are variations on these two. Most western nations are at some level of fascism, and that is easily observed and proved by say, what kind of light bulbs one may buy.
05:52 March 20, 2011 by optomlinson
How ignorant. Nazi means, loosely, National SOCIALIST Workers Party. Socialism is socialism. It is a small group of people (with or without one strong individual leader) where they, i.e. the state declares its ownership of businesses and is dictatorial.

On the extreme right of the political spectrum you have anarchy. Then as you travel left you arrive at a republic under law where each citizen is sovereign. As you go further left you come to the mob rule of democracy then further on left you have fascism/socialism/communism of which there is not a dimes worth of difference. It is a small ruling class i.e the Polit Bureau or the Nazis. Then comes the oligarchy that has fewer rulers, kind of like the Supreme Court of the US attempts to be on occasion. And then finally at the far left you come to the king/ dictator before whom all must bow.

Amazing how the revisionists try to muddy the waters constantly.
23:28 March 21, 2011 by flameburns623
Facism (which includes Naziism and several other political movements) is essentially a Third Position (neither Left nor Right).

Libertarians, who also hold to a sort of "third position", like to lump Facism in with Communism/Socialism--and any other 'ism' the Libertarians feel does not sufficiently stress their Libertarian north star of individualism.

In fact--Facism IS NOT identical with Communism/Socialism: in the first place, because Facists hold that power should be narrowly distributed among a very few capable individuals. Communism and Socialism hold that power should be widely distributed among many,(although Marxist/Leninist Commnists never actually managed to make that happen).

This flows out of the fact that Facism believes that ability itself is narrowly distributed among relatively few people: in racialist forms of Facism, like Naziism, those talents are especially focused in one or a few particular races.

Under Facism, only those "born" with the necessary talents to rule should reign over others. Most Facists reject democratic systems of governance precisely because they don't feel the majority of people are fit to decide for themselves how they are to be ruled.

Socialism and Communism, by contrast, believe that class societies, particularly Capitalist class societies, 'alienate' or deprive the majority of people from what would otherwise be a widely-distributed ability to rule society democratically. Even in Soviet Russia and it's satellite states, some semblance of this democratic impulse was preserved: a 'soviet' was a 'council' of elected representatives.

Likewise: Facism believed in and permitted the ownership of private property and the accumulation of wealth. Communism did NOT.

Facism--especially in it's National Socialist incarnation--DID believe that business owners had certain social responsibilities to their workers and to the State--but, so long as they honored those, business owners could become as wealthy as their abilities allowed them.

Some became very wealthy indeed. Remember Oskar Schindler of Schindler's List? He became extravagantly wealthy and only lost that wealth because he spent it on bribes to save his own Jewish workers.
00:08 March 22, 2011 by iMaksim
The reason there is confusion as to whether the Nazis were left or right is because the passage of time and historians with agendas have a way of distorting history.

Read what a journalist thought of the Nazis in 1935. I don't know how anyone can read this and think the Nazis were anything other than left, although I'm sure some will.

00:35 March 22, 2011 by flameburns623
16:25 March 22, 2011 by mikevraziel
On a completely unrelated news, Ann Coulter and Michele Bachmann have started a bidding war over a pair of Nazi bollocks to make their transition complete.
18:12 March 22, 2011 by aelfheld
Neo-Nazis ARE leftists.

Nazi is an acronym for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National Socialist German Workers' Party).

'Right-wing socialism' is still socialism.
04:05 March 24, 2011 by Stepp
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