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Right wing group tricks state into selling manor

The Local · 18 Oct 2011, 11:01

Published: 18 Oct 2011 11:01 GMT+02:00

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It was sold earlier this year for about €320,000 to a woman who claimed she wanted to hold seminars there and rent the building to others.

But according to the website of Der Spiegel, no-one apparently noticed that she was also a known member of a group called Memorial, which claims to remember the German victims of World War II.

This group is widely considered a front for neo-Nazis and holocaust deniers. In a letter seen by the Thüringer Allgemeine newspaper, the group's head Wolfram Schiedewitz invites members to the manor and describes World War II as Germany’s “fight for existence.”

He declined to comment on the invitation but confirmed that the building would be a club meeting place.

Fabian Virchow, a specialist on extremists at the Düsseldorf University, said the purchase was part of a strategy “of the extreme right to build and strengthen their infrastructure.”

Because the club doesn’t officially own the manor, it has been able to skirt regulations banning the sale of government property to extremists, he told Spiegel

Martina Renner, a spokeswoman for the Left party in Thuringia’s parliament, called the situation a “scandal” and said the state should investigate how the sale was allowed to happen.

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But because the sale was legal, it appears nothing can be done about it.

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00:41 October 19, 2011 by jstar100
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00:54 October 19, 2011 by wxman
I've said this before. There is no right wing or left wing. The political spectrum is not right or left. It is anarchy (no government what so ever) on the other side is total government control (totalitarianism). The Nazis and Communists, and so called socialists, are on the total government side, period. The only difference between Nazis and Communists is one is "national" and the other is "international". The people called "right wingers" are against an expanded government, the other two are for total government control of the population. Get a clue.
01:55 October 19, 2011 by jstar100
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17:35 October 19, 2011 by LecteurX
Some bright (brown) bulbs commenting here. Pathetic. Hey jstar100, here's a list of the 149 persons murdered by "so-called nazis" and right-wing (I insist, right wing) extremists in Germany since 1990. http://www.opferfonds-cura.de/index.php?Itemid=5&id=49&option=com_content&task=view. This list includes twelve kids aged between 4 and 17, yes, 4 years old, and the last one on the list was pregnant pharmacist murdered in front of her 3 year old son.

Yeah, "fighting" indeed, "Communist Socialist agenda" (sic) indeed. Read a book or ten, but do so only after you've put a brain in your skull.
20:46 October 19, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
Do you have the statistics of how many people were murdered by left wing extremeists too? How about Baader Meinhof? The RAF (Red Army Faction) terrorist group? Or do you only cite statistics to support your own political beliefs?
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