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Neo-Nazi killers sold fascist 'Monopoly'

The Local · 5 Dec 2011, 11:21

Published: 05 Dec 2011 11:21 GMT+01:00

Uwe Mundlos, Uwe Böhnhardt and Beate Zschäpe supposedly made several dozen copies of their gruesome invention "Pogromly" in 1997, selling it in the neo-Nazi scene for 100 Deutsche marks (€50), according to a report in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.

Photos of the game provided to The Local by the Thuringia state office of the German domestic intelligence agency, the Verfassungsschutz, show the starting point of the game has a giant swastika on it.

Rather than train stations there are concentration camps on sale, complete with burning Israeli flags. The currency used is Reichsmarks. The game also includes gasworks and depictions of Hitler and evil-looking Jews.

Mundlos killed Böhnhardt and then shot himself after being confronted by police last month and Zschäpe later turned herself in.

At least three different suspected far-right extremists have since been arrested on suspicion of association with the cell, which is believed to have killed nine people of foreign background between 2000 and 2006 as well as a police officer in 2007.

Authorities have been in possession of the 'Pogromly' since at least 1998, after confiscating professional looking copies of the board game game when they uncovered a bomb-making operation the cell was running, according to the FAZ.

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The trio later turned to armed bank robberies to finance their lives and terrorist activities.

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Your comments about this article

06:50 December 11, 2011 by heyheyhey
I think that anyone who identifies him or her self as a neo- nazi should be shot, period!

The group intends HARM to others. This is not an issue of merely shafting ideas. They are terrorists, and should be treated as such. To allow them to continue, unchecked, under the guise of free speech, is ridiculous. Does Germany allow her citizens to deny the holocaust? An issue of free speech also, is it not?

Free speech carries with it, responsibility. Free speech is not simply a RIGHT.
09:43 December 11, 2011 by elitemarine206
Yeah thats a good idea, lets just go kill everyone who wears a green flight jacket and has a shaved head, who cares if they are 15 years old or 45 years old. Might as well shoot everyone who wears a turbin and has a beard too. Sounds like a good idea there heyheyhey smh.
10:08 December 12, 2011 by oftesheimkerl
So sick and an embarrassment for Germany. When will this crap ever go away?
09:27 December 13, 2011 by koli
Does it come with an ashtray?
17:10 December 13, 2011 by storymann
If these people sold enough fascist boards to finance their operations, that in itself is appalling.

They then turned to bank robbery to finance their life styles and organization.How much money are we suggesting from this article?
19:18 December 14, 2011 by tnmccoy
Why do people still call these idiots 'far right?' They are far left socialists. Germans should know what 'NAZI' stands for---it's in their own language. Nazism was just as bad as Communism, probably worse. National Socialists are not to the political right but to the left. When you have a Country that practices Socialism, you shouldn't be surprised at the extremes that come back into history.
01:16 December 15, 2011 by Jawinota
@tnmccoy

Despite "socialism" being in their name, they were not socialist. Socialism advocates common ownership of the means of production. In Nazi Germany the means of production were owned by private capitalists, who came under the control of the state. This is is a long way from the socialist ideals of democratic economic control. Because many leading Nazis eg Goebbels hated capitalism did not automatically make them socialists.

The Nazis' belief in racial superiority, nationalism and exclusivity are tenets that are more commonly indentified with the ideological far right than the ideological far left.

Unfortunately there are limitations to the simple "left-right" political axis but there is a general agreement amongst academics that the Nazis and fascists are on the right of the political spectrum. Economically, they probably were centre right, but politcally (by this I mean other non-economic policies) they were far-right. As most neo-nazis are attracted to the cause because of Nazism's political rather than economic beliefs, I think it is justified to call them far-right.

Incidentally, for what it's worth, Hitler claimed to be neither left nor right wing.
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