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Neo-Nazi cartoon stork irritates far-right

The Local · 29 Aug 2011, 08:04

Published: 29 Aug 2011 08:04 GMT+02:00

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Storch Heinar's co-creator is the state legislator Mathias Brodkorb, a member of the centre-left Social Democratic Party, who have adopted the stork as part of their campaign for the northeastern state's election on September 4.

He says the Storch Heinar posters, a lampoon of the fashion label popular among right-wing extremists Thor Steinar, have been ripped down all over the state's largest city Rostock.

Political scientist Gudrun Heinrich of Rostock University believes satire is always an effective strategy against the far-right. "Humorous initiatives particularly annoy them, because they don't know how to deal with them," she said.

Gudrun believes humour is something that requires empathy, something which extremists generally lack.

"They just feel annoyed by my stork," offers Brodkorb, but he says the cartoon has also received a positive reaction wherever it's been put up. Campaign helpers told him that passing drivers honked their horns stuck their thumbs up when they saw them putting up the posters.

The 5,000 posters, which feature Storch Heinar and the slogan "Stork Power, not NPD," have been put up right next to NPD posters wherever possible.

Brodkorb said there was no danger that people would mistake his stork for actual NPD posters. "Satire can always be misunderstood," he said. "But people won't be more likely to vote for the NPD because they see a stork with a Hitler-moustache on a poster."

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Storch Heinar has now developed into one of the most successful anti-far-right campaigns in the whole of Germany, with a range of flyers and badges.

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Your comments about this article

15:44 August 29, 2011 by sebastian2010
Nazi nazi nazi nazi.......I am starting NOT to like th local.de. do you have any real news. stop always talking about nazis. or get the f out of germany
17:00 August 29, 2011 by stenhousei
Yes sebastian2010 thats right lets just ignore them and hope they go away.ARSEHOLE
17:01 August 29, 2011 by So36
Maybe they'll stop talking about them when they're no longer in the state legislature in Meckpomm. Or you could just read another English-language website for German news sanitized of Nazi references.
19:13 August 29, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
DO you think the NPD would classify themselves as "neo-Nazi" or is that just this news source? It's like saying "The Left - neo-communists". I'd bet their vote would drop too. All is fair in Love and politics!
22:13 August 29, 2011 by Northshore
Brilliant again, Kerouac.. that hoary old chestnut is " All is Fair in Love and WAR" and if that were really true then nobody would have a problem with the Holocaust, Dresden, Nagasaki, Guantanamo, etc..' etc... Grow Up, Manner!
23:28 August 31, 2011 by thomass66
That is too damn funny, they have gone and reincarnated Adolf Hitler as a damn Stork, what's next Joseph Stalin as a Pingeon of Peace? They were both jackasses (donkeys)...LOL :-)
13:11 September 1, 2011 by ninchenx
@ thomass66, Jack Kerouac and sebastian2010:

do not break the law of Political Correctness: You see now what happens and how upset they are getting, when the Gleichgang is interrupted.
22:37 September 3, 2011 by MichaelMolenaar
How many decades will it be before stories like this stop making the news?
18:32 September 5, 2011 by Kats meow
Ban that party one's and for all ... have they not done enough damage in Germany in the last CENTURY?

I believe in freedom of speech and all that, but there has to be an barrier that should NOT be crossed again!!!

>>> If the NDP= Nazi that is
15:55 September 6, 2011 by whatsup
If Sebastian and co. don't like the local they can go and read something else!! and do everyone a favour.
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