After media reported that the Worker's Welfare Institution (AWO) said it would not hire members of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) or similar groups, one branch of the hard right party took to Facebook to respond.
AWO is a non-statutory welfare organization that assists, in particular, socially disadvantaged people with workers' rights issues. AWO said that AfD's ideas were not compatible with its own principles, according Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
According to the Rheinische Post, the Krefeld branch of the AfD in North-Rhine Westphalia wrote in a post that soon members of the party would have to wear “blue stars” – a reference to the yellow star of David that Jewish people were forced to wear to identify themselves under Nazi Germany.
“And there continue to be more bans on AFD members working. Are you excited to already be wearing the blue star? We know: We will have to wear the star as a mark of honour! To the bitter end!”
Screenshot taken by the Rheinische Post.
The post, dated March 5th, appears to have been removed, but the Rheinische Post had already taken a screenshot.
While the AfD started as a Eurosceptic party against the EU single currency, it has since become more right-wing and anti-immigrant.
The party's supporters have been growing, giving traditional parties cause for concern, and secured seats in all three state parliaments that had elections at the weekend, including nearly a quarter of the votes in Saxony-Anhalt.