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Women playing bigger role among far-right extremists

The Local · 22 Jun 2011, 08:45

Published: 22 Jun 2011 08:45 GMT+02:00

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Although there are no definitive numbers, up to one-fifth of participants in the far-right scene are female, said Andrea Röpke, who recently released the book Mädelsache! (Girl Thing!) on the topic.

“You can assume that the proportion of women in the right-wing extremist scene is rising," said. "In Berlin and Brandenburg the proportion of women is very, very high."

Röpke said women were valued because they provide stability and a sense of calm to an often violent and virulently xenophobic scene. Often they play the role of organizing less threatening events such as football tournaments of children’s parties.

In politics they often try to project a sense of reasonableness by concentrating on social or green issues.

“The women stabilize the scene in the background,” she said. “They call themselves the ‘community anchor.’”

But though women play a valuable role, it doesn’t mean they seen as equal with men. In fact, the opposite is often true and women must hold their tongues in order to be accepted.

Occasionally gender-related spats explode into the public light, such as in 2009 when party officials voted to censure prominent member Gitta Schüßler who had founded a right-wing women’s organization but subsequently criticized the neo-Nazi party the NPD as a “sect of men.” The party accused her of spouting overly feminist views although she now appears to be a valued member again.

The rise of women is probably best seen, however, in groups such as Exit, an organization which helps neo-Nazis to escape from their former lives and integrate into normal German society. Up to 20 percent of the active neo-Nazis the group helps are female. But women have a special challenge: They’re often delegated to taking care of children and other vulnerable family members and are reluctant to leave.

That doesn't mean they don't want to find new lives, however.

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“In the last ten years we have increasingly seen women who want to get out,” said Bernd Wagner, the organization’s director, who suggested there might be a need for special social programmes directed at neo-Nazi women.

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10:33 June 22, 2011 by m0j0
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
10:51 June 22, 2011 by So36
Oh man not this crap again. The National Socialists were fascists and that's far-right. End of story.
11:27 June 22, 2011 by tueken
What is this report want to say, praising the women who are nazi?
11:29 June 22, 2011 by LecteurX
Oh, great comment m0j0. The names never lie. Like the "people's democracies" (for example, like North Korea or DDR!) are/were democracies.

The very very first victims of nazi persecution in Germany, right after they got into power, were the Communists. Nazis were arresting and murdering them long, long before they started rounding up Jews. Then they "focused" on the Social Democrats.

But never mind all the facts. You'll always find the ignorant saying that nazis were far left.
13:55 June 22, 2011 by freechoice
is it true atheists caused the most death in the entire human history?
13:58 June 22, 2011 by trash head
> is it true atheists caused the most death in the entire human history?

No, the christ. End of story.
16:50 June 22, 2011 by german-guardian
@ Trash Head

The communist have caused the most death in the entire human history.

Christ was the son of God who gave up his life to save humanity. Communism and atheisim are death for mankind.
17:24 June 22, 2011 by NowSwimBack2
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
17:45 June 22, 2011 by neunElf
Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot. Kim and other Communist leaders have killed how many, 50, 60, 70, 100 MILLION in 20 th century?
17:49 June 22, 2011 by trash head

Its a little bit disgusting to compare amounts of dead ppl who died, but the religions were always instrumentalized for dictatorships, wars and perfidious propaganda.

On the top of the list: The export religion of the christs. If we compare what happend to the humans since their existence or political need to save the west romans back in the antique, the ~50 million dead ppl who died under communistic dictatorships are peanuts.

christianization as magic word

Lets mention the first christianization in the antique, the following middle age, crusades, spanish colonies and christianizations in asia, africa and especially in middle america. How many died this times already?

Whats abt the biggest representant of christs beside the vatican itself (US) ? Always it is about to save the western world and christ culture when it comes to wars all over the world.

When we break it down, it all comes to money in the end. What implicit that capitalism and its big brother imperalism leaded to the most deads under the humans.

> Christ was the son of God who gave up his life to save humanity.

Any Source?
18:26 June 22, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
trash head, I believe you are being a bit short-sighted. Any man can justify wickedness with just about anything - religion included. However, that doesn't taint the actual faith and what it means to people. Remember, throughout history (Crusades, Colonial expansion) bad things have happened in a religion's name. But fanatical religious people will always believe their terrible choices in life are a "path chosen by God". They are indeed the worst. Also, some people can be easily led astray if promised something supernatural by someone else. You've seen those crazies on TV, right?

Anyway, money is not the only thing on the agenda for people who spread faith. It is for some, but I doubt the Pope does what he does for all those years just for the Christmas bonus.
19:21 June 22, 2011 by MJMH
The Far-Right is and has been around because they worry about what direction the country is headed. The far right wants to keep the country like it was. And no matter what anyone says or thinks there is a difference between the Nazis and today's far right. The Nazis blamed all sorts of members of society for the country's ills (from the very beginning) while the far-right of today recognizes some diversity (women and gays) while wanting to put a stop to turning Germany, (or Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, and Italy where the far right has some power ) into being just like any other country divided along racial and religious lines that has been swallowed up by the sameness of globalism. Except for a few tourist monuments can you tell the difference between London or New York or Berlin. They all look more and more like LA or Kansas City. There is no blame or finger pointing. There is a lot to be said about keeping a countries culture and traditions.
19:26 June 22, 2011 by Englishted
What does the pope do all these year Mr. Keerouac that has done any good for the world ?.

Trash head this is a first ,you are correct.
19:29 June 22, 2011 by farmon
Immigration anxieties are probably the biggest reason for the neo-nazi movements. Right now, the Germans are not even replacing themselves. Large Christian families are the answer for Germany's future.
19:39 June 22, 2011 by Englishted
Large Christian families are the answer for Germany's future.

Good idea .

There was a man who gave out medals to mothers with large families ,

what was his name now?

I can't remember but he is the hero of the N.P.D.
20:14 June 22, 2011 by MJMH
Hey Englishted,

What you can't come up with a response or can't think of a solution is that why you compare opinions to the Nazis.

The Scandinavians, French, and others countries all have programs to help families and encourage many children, do you call them Nazis.
22:31 June 22, 2011 by marimay
Religion is for lamers.
22:51 June 22, 2011 by LiberalGuy

What's your nationality? I'm curious, because no matter what it is, the NDP would have found some way to alienate you. I've read over a hundred of their nonsense flyers in my mail box (I live in Brandneburg), and I have never seen a group (no matter what basis of nationality, religous group, sexual orientation) that they have not blamed for something. So no matter what your personal situation is, I bet they blame you for something.
22:59 June 22, 2011 by Logic Guy
Well, Christianity itself has many, extraordinary benefits. If the Christian nations of the West were to follow the religion as they should, then things would go very well.

for them.

For the most part, humans only have problems when they don't do as the should.
23:16 June 22, 2011 by farmon
Well said, Logic Guy
00:57 June 23, 2011 by german-guardian
@ Marimay, you are the lamer. ..., I read in one of your previous statements that you are Chinese. Well, go worship that fat Budda statue .

Christianity is for the healthy and proud

Liberal Guy: Your false prapaganda will not make a difference?
01:34 June 23, 2011 by mike_1983
this is such a "nothing" story!
08:00 June 23, 2011 by marimay
Okay, now it is just obvious that GG has never had a thought that was truly his own.

Still not sure where the chinese thing is coming from... Internet stalker!
08:50 June 23, 2011 by LiberalGuy

I'd love to respond, but I'm not really sure where you were going with your statement.

If you are talking about myself trying to bring people around to my idelogical stand point, then you would be mistaken. One thing I know it that there are far more constructive exercises then trying to influence political discourse through the comment section of The Local. I'd rather be outside by the Spree with my wife enjoying the the forests. I do enjoy reading the comments on The Local though. They make me laugh.
10:41 June 23, 2011 by MfromUSA
What the hell does most of this commentary have to do with this article?

There isn't any connection between what you guys are spewing and this story. If you were trying to use history to show a pattern, that might be one thing, but this religious crap?????

You guys just like to p!ss and moan and try to convince other readers that you are intelligent........you like too pee on each other's bush to show that you are the alpha responder.

13:13 June 23, 2011 by Englishted
00:57 June 23, 2011 by german-guardian

@ Marimay, you are the lamer. ..., I read in one of your previous statements that you are Chinese. Well, go worship that fat Budda statue .

Christianity is for the healthy and proud

Liberal Guy: Your false prapaganda will not make a difference?

This guy is dangerous and insane .

He also can't spell propaganda .
16:50 June 23, 2011 by german-guardian
@ Englsihted

All I am saying is defending Christianity, Germany and Europe, and try to bring peace.

Unlike your comments that just spreads hate against Germany. You probably have a fake account. Your accusations are baseless, and your mouth is much bigger than your brain.
18:53 June 23, 2011 by Englishted

"All I am saying is defending Christianity, Germany and Europe, and try to bring peace.

Well, go worship that fat Budda statue "

And you say I spread hate.

Please say in which comment above I said I hate Germany.

Why a fake account? what accusations ?,

But your last comment , well I can't compete with such razor sharp wit .
19:18 June 24, 2011 by McNair Kaserne
"Germany for Germans". Many would identify this as a Nazi slogan. and while it is true that the Hitlerites used it, is is more correctly a nationalistic sentiment than one of hate, and a perfectly reasonable one. Who else should Germany be for?

Someone once said that the problem with the Nazi's was that they had so effectively connected Nazi ideology with German Nationalist pride that the two had not yet been separated. (Top marks if you know who it was)

The time is past for Germans to be always bound to their own disadvantage to that period in history, to guilt tripped into giving up what is theirs. No one under 80 yrs bears any responsibility for that, and what happened then cannot be the reason Germans are made to feel so guilty that out of shame they surrender their country and it's culture to those who's ancestors did nothing to build it and only come to Germany to because life is better there than the third world dump they came from. Let them stay there and fight to overthrow their oppressors and create of their own land and history a place where they wish their descendents to live. Germany needs to re-establish control over its borders and it's currency, and refuse to bail out countries which are corrupt and debt ridden. Germans have a right to the fruits of their own labors, not to have them stolen and given away by socialist redistribution, which has always been the means by which those who advocate socialism come to power and stay there. This always leads to excesses, whether the example is German, Russian, Chinese, or North Korean. There is no "left=good, right=bad". It's all bad, they are really the same thing anyway, they stand for the same thing, that the "rights" of the state are more important than the rights of it's citizens. The citizens do not exist to serve the state, the state exists to serve it's citizens. Even soldiers do not serve the state, they serve their fellow citizens. These are important distinctions.
00:54 June 25, 2011 by blockhaus
The worse thing about democracy? It lets the dumb masses believe that their opinions (and comments) actually matter. Atheism, civilisations last hope... Peace out.
21:23 June 25, 2011 by PierceArrow
Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist minions hated Christians as much as they hated Jews. My fellow Christians in Germany who actually took the faith seriously, such as Martin Niemoeller and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, led the largest organized opposition to Hitler and the National Socialists.

OTOH, the National Socialists who were not flaming atheists were into Islam and pagan and Eastern religions. The Muslim Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Hosseini, before and after he left Jerusalem, collaborated with Adolf Hitler. Al-Hosseini also help persuade Hitler to kill more Jews instead of sending some Jews into exile.
18:18 June 26, 2011 by Stuart1977
More Muslims fought for the allies than the axis.

The Nazis and their sympathisers in the countries they occupied targeted the Jews partly [some would say largely] because they viewed the Jews as carriers of godless communism.

Today's Zionists, fascists and crypto-fascists should not attempt to start another holocaust against the Muslims.
04:39 June 29, 2011 by wenddiver
I am hardly surprised that a right wing extremist ideology that values native German Mothers would appeal more to young German Mothers than an ideology of dilluting her family's votes by giving lots of foreigners the vote and letting them take your families job, while taxing you to pay for them to come to your country and compete with you. Under the extremism there is probably some legitimate complaints for the native born German workers who don't get foreign votes, lose their jobs and have an alien culture imposed on them, all the while being taxed to make it happen.

Good government will be able to seperate legitimate complaint from simple racism. Did anybody consult these people on whether they wanted open borders, why not you can bet the big corporations who benefit from the cheap labor were consulted.
09:47 June 30, 2011 by StoutViking

Who's writing your history books? The latter-day saints??? The Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, was a close and personal friend of Hitler. To top that, Nazi Germany had MUSLIM ORIENTED SS divisions, the largest of which was the Handzar division.

Tell me where on earth did Muslims fight the Nazis?! Not in the ranks of the Allies, because there wasn't a substantial Muslim population there back then to be drafted in the first place. Iran only given free movement due to its relation, but not a single Muslim entity had given a single soldier to the Allies.

Just admit you found a new brand of anti-Semitism, disguised as "freedom fighting" and you think that calling someone a fascist, fabricating a "Muslim holocaust" will make your causes just all of the sudden. "Oh no, we don't hate Jews, we just want to destroy Israel! It's illegal! So what if the UN decided it is!".
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