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Informants failed to out neo-Nazi terrorists

The Local · 19 Nov 2011, 12:12

Published: 19 Nov 2011 12:12 GMT+01:00

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Although they were being paid to deliver information to the authorities, the snitches failed to stop members of the National Socialist Underground – Uwe Mundlos, Uwe Böhnhardt and Beate Zschäpe – from disappearing after their bomb-making operation was uncovered in 1998.

The Thüringia state Verfassungsschutz had Tino Brandt, leader of the regional illegal neo-Nazi group Thüringer Heimatschutz, in their pay, along with the head of the state's neo-Nazi group Blood and Honour, the magazine reported online on Saturday.

Mundlos and Böhnhardt are thought to have embarked on their killing spree in 2000, shooting dead what would be the first of what would be nine shopkeepers of Turkish and Greek ethnicity over the following six years. They are also said to have murdered a policewoman in 2007.

At least one bomb attack is also being attributed to the group, who also carried out bank robberies to fund their lives in hiding based at a flat in Zwickau, Saxony.

This ended earlier this month when Mundlos and Böhnhardt killed themselves in a caravan after being stopped by police. Zschäpe handed herself in to the police shortly after allegedly blowing up the flat the three had shared. Another man was also arrested, suspected of helping them.

Although the Federal Public Prosecutor said on Friday that he thought a total of six people had been involved in the NSU, the Thüringia Verfassungsschutz is also speaking of around 20 people in the neo-Nazi underground who helped the group.

This could include a man named only as André E., whose company Aemedig has expertise in video editing, Der Speigel reported. A flyer from his company was found in the rubble of the trio’s flat. Mundlos, Böhnhardt and Zschäpe are not considered to have been skilled enough to have made the video charting the murders which was also found in the flat.

Train discount cards in the names of André E. and his wife were found in the caravan in which Mundlos and Böhnhardt killed themselves – although it appears the cards were used by Böhnhardt and Zschäpe.

Around 400 police officers have been assigned to the case, according to Focus magazine on Saturday.

President of the federal police, Jörg Ziercke, told the magazine the police had not completely failed, but that the group had behaved untypically, in that they had never claimed responsibility for their crimes.

Chancellor Angela Merkel called for authorities to work more effectively together, and lessons to be learned from their failure to stop the group.

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“I never want a secret service to have total power again. But the authorities have to inform each other, of course,” she said in a weekly podcast.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has called for the federal prosecutor to have increased powers to be able to take on a case, particularly when a criminal case crosses state borders, according to Der Spiegel on Saturday.

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Your comments about this article

15:23 November 19, 2011 by asteriks
And who is responsible for creating extreme right wing if not government with its politics against immigrants. companies should decide alone who will get job, German or Indian or African, politics should not mix in administering of company. abolish fascist visa system.
16:03 November 19, 2011 by hanskarl
You remind me of a familiar quote I read recently,;

"A question asked of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in 1983: "Do we have a single main underlying moral ill that one can identify?" His reply: "Besides cowardice, selfishness. We hear a constant clamor for rights, rights, always rights, but so very little about responsibility. And we have forgotten God."
19:16 November 19, 2011 by gorongoza
For those who appear to be surprised by these Neo-Nazi stories - especially those who claim to have lived in Germany for ages - you surprise me a lot. One year only after arriving in this country was enough for me to tell the fundamental attitude of some Germans towards foreigners. And worse still their instituitons are awash with ant-foreign staff.

A friend of mine said to me after this story of the killers, " that is normal here, are you worried? If so how do you know maybe your Boss is one of them."

Pals that sums it up for you - no point debating, and debating over these stories. NOBODY BOTHERS TO LISTEN TO YOU. Instead you better be always prepared to defend yourself in case you get attacked. That may save your lives.


Welcome to Germany !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
21:23 November 19, 2011 by HERVE11
You should give more information about MEREX.

Merex was controlled by an ex-Nazi taken on by the US: Colonel Otto Skorzeny, Hitler's favorite stormtrooper and the man who had rescued Mussolini

Two fugitive Nazi war criminals, Klaus Barbie and Friedrich Schwend, represented Merex in Latin America.

Via Google Books, you may find information about MEREX in the following book :

The Nazi Hydra in America: Suppressed History of a Century

Par Glen Yeadon,John Hawkins

There is a chapter about MEREX in the new book of Andrew Feinstein.

You may also be interested by the history of the insurance company ALLIANZ.
22:57 November 19, 2011 by nolibs
@Herve11 - I'm sure that some companies have ties to the old regime. So what? The war was 70 years ago.
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