cj-6/7> New German Nationalism

1995-06-08

Richard Moore

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GERMANY ALERT

The Free Flow Of Uncensored Facts

10 April 1995

Copyright 1995, Germany Alert. All Rights Reserved.
Published in Amsterdam and New York.

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IN THIS EDITION

     German Leaders Launch War On History; Kohl Gives Support
     Germany's Jewish Leader Condemns Extremist Manifesto
     Nationalists On The March: The Battle To Control Germany
     Kinkel Claims Kaliningrad Is Key To Europe

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GERMAN LEADERS DECLARE WAR ON HISTORY;
NEW GERMAN NATIONALISM FEARED;
KOHL HAS "SYMPATHY" FOR EXTREMIST POSITION;
JEWISH LEADER IN GERMANY CONDEMNS MANIFESTO

Bonn -- Germany has lunged sharply to the nationalist extreme right
with the publication of a manifesto signed by a long list of top
German politicians, military leaders and writers that declares virtual
war on history and sets the stage for a terrifying new German
nationalism.

The manifesto, published as a page three advertisement in a German
daily newspaper, condemns plans to celebrate May 8th soley as
the 50th anniversary of the Allies' victory over Nazi Germany.
The 280 signatories to the manifesto, adopting a long-held German
neo-fascist position, demand that the date should also
be marked as "the beginning of the expulsion terror, new oppression
in the east and the start of the division of our country."

The manifesto clearly downplays the extermination by Germany of
millions of Jews and the mass murder of Gypsies, homosexuals,
communists and handicapped persons with its claims that May 8,
1945 did not mark the end of terror but its new beginning.

Cabinet members, both present and past, military leaders and
German writers are among signatories to the manifesto.

In a startling development, Chancellor Helmut Kohl expressed
"sympathy" for the manifesto and said May 8th is also the date to
commemorate German soldiers killed in World War II. Support from
the chancellor came in a statement by his press spokesperson.

There has been sharp reaction. The head of Germany's Jewish
community, Ignatz Bubis, said bitterly that the manifesto is a
clear move toward a dangerous new German nationalism and that it signals
a major effort to play down Germany's role in starting the second world
war.  In a radio interview, Bubis assailed the manifesto's signers
for trying to re-write history. "This is what I consider to be a scandal,
to act as if what happened between 1933 and 1945 was the will of God,
and that these things then began on May 8, 1945," Bubis said.

The Jewish leader continued, "What these people completely overlook
was that German partition did not start on May 8, 1945 but on January
30, 1933," the date that Adolf Hitler took power. "The terror
expulsions started not on May 8, 1945, but on January 30, 1933.
The cornerstone of the Berlin Wall was laid on January 30, 1933,"
Bubis declared.                         (By Herschel Scott)

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NATIONALISTS ON THE MARCH: THE BATTLE FOR A NEW EXTREMIST GERMANY

BONN -- The manifesto has immediately caused sparks of a new
nationalism to be set ablaze in Germany, ignited by the array of
big names who signed the document. The signatories represent a
stellar list of politicians, military leaders and writers who have
been cast for years by the nation's media as among the most
respected leaders of all.

They include some of those who have been part of the inner-most
circles of power in the German government.

The extremist leaders, many of them who until now have masked their
sympathies for fascistoid ideology, launched their war for overt
nationalism in Germany on the eve of ceremonies marking the 50th
anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany.

It is not clear what percentage of Germany's elite is part of
the new nationalism. Observers speak of "wait and see" attitudes
by some political leaders who want to determine whether they
should "come out" as part of the new extremism until after the
dust of the past few days begins to settle.

Among those who have now unmasked themselves as extreme right
wing nationalists are:

     - German development minister Carl-Dieter Spranger, a
       current member of Kohl's cabinet. Spranger is a loyal
       CSU member.

     - Alexander Von Stahl, former chief federal prosecutor, an
       FDP leader who has kept up his close links to the German
       espionage agency BND and to the country's internal security
       service, VS.

     - Veteran christian democrat leader Alfred Dregger, the
       man who catapulted Kohl to the position of chancellor.
       Dregger is a former parliamentary floor leader for Kohl's
       CDU-CSU.

     - Social Democrat Hans Appel, an ex-minister of defense
       who maintains strong links to the German military. Appel
       has since withdrawn his name as a signatory but declined
       to distance himself from the manifesto.

     - Friedrich Zimmermann, formerly Germany's interior minister.
       Zimmermann is from the Bavarian CSU and is known to have
       great influence within Germany's espionage and internal
       security services.

     - Alfred Ardelt, vice chairman, and Hans-Guenther Parplies,
       vice president of the right wing extremist "Bund der
       Vertriebene," which receives millions in annual
       grants from the German federal budget.

     - Manfred Kreuzer, regional chairman of the notorious Sudeten
       German Landsmannschaft, which seeks a German takeover in the
       Czech Republic.

     - Fleet Admiral Christian Giermann, a top official of the
       Germany Navy.

     - Lt. Col. Ernst J. Marliany, the Rheinland-Pfals head of the
       Landsmannschaft Schlesien, which seeks a German takeover in
       many parts of Poland.

     - Retired Bundewehr officials including Maj. Gen. Ernst-Ulrich
       Hantel, Lt. Col. Winfried Gross, Major General Joerg
       Bahnemann, Lt. Col. Walter Held, Maj. General Martin Holzfuss,
       Brig. General Heinz Karst, Maj. Hans Kuester, Brig. General
       Freiherr von Oer, Col. Rolf W. Peter, Lt. General Franz
       Uhle-Wettler, Brig. General Reinhard Uhle-Wettler.

     - Rudolf Andreas, general secretary of the DSU, a right wing
       party in eastern Germany that has links to both the neo-
       fascist Repubikaner and the arch-conservative CSU.

     - Ewald Bodeit, Wilhelm von Gottberg and Wilhelm Czypull,
       officials of the Landsmannschaft East Prussia, an organization
       that seeks a German takeover of large chunks of Poland and the
       Kaliningrad region of Russia.

     - Wilfried Boehm, chairman of the Deutschland Stiftung, a
       right wing foundation with government support, who is a former
       CDU member of the Bundestag.

     - CDU regional chairman in Mecklenberg-Vorpommern Christoph Brandt.

     - The head of Bund Freie Burger - Die Freitheitlichen, Manfred
       Brunner, a controversial right winger with ties to Austria's
       neo-fascist Freedom Party and its leader Joerg Haider.

     - Mario Czaja, an official of the CDU's youth organization, Junge
       Union.

     - The chairman of Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft Freiheit und
       Demokratie, Prof. J. L. Decamilli

     - Dr. Sigefried Ernst, chairman of European Doctor's Action.

     - Bundestag parliamentarian Heinrich Lummer, former Berlin interior
       senator, CDU.

     - Writers including Siegmar Faust, Alexander Fritsch, Roland Bubik,
       Wolfgang Mayer, Ulrich Schacht, Godehard Schramm, Klaus-Rainer
       Roehl. Roehl is an ex-publisher of the "left-wing" magazine Konkret.

     - The chairman of the non-profit Help e.V., P.A. Hussock.

     - German television commentator Gerhard Loewenthal, who ran the
       long-running ZDF-Magazin series.

     - The chairman of the "East and Middle German Unification" in the
       CDU-CSU, Karl-Heinz Lau.

     - CDU managing director for the state of Brandenburg, Ulf Leisner.

     - Self-described citizens' rights activist Peter Froehlich.

     - Retired administrative court supervisory judge Volkmar Gieseler.

     - A number of FDP leaders including Klaus Groebig, Axel Hahn, Heiner
       E. Kappel, Holger Krestel, Detlev Kuehn, Wolfgang Mieczkowski, Markus
       Roscher, Hans-Manfred Roth, Gerd Schmalzhaf, Thomas Wagener, Thortsten
       Witt.

     - Federal chairman of "Schlesian Youth" Renate Sappelt.

     - Bundestag members Erica Steinbach and Egon Juettner, CDU.

     - Munich television correspondent Sebastian Sigler.

     - Dieter Stein, editor in chief of the extremist right wing
       weekly Junge Freiheit.

     - Guenter Stiff, publisher of Komm Mit magazine.

     - A number of directors of German banks.

     - The chairman of European Jugendwerk, Kai W. Reimann.

     - Former federal ministerial counsellor Hans G. Kirschstein.

     - Berliner police chief Manfred Kittlaus.

     - Michael Neibach, who describes himself as part of the "Research
       Department for Uncovering Political Manipulation in European
       Democracies."

     - A large assortment of students, lawyers, publishers, pharmacists,
       teachers, journalists, doctors and others.


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KINKEL CLAIMS KALININGRAD IS A KEY TO EUROPE

Berlin -- German foreign minister Klaus Kinkel sent shock waves
throughout Europe on Friday, declaring that Kaliningrad, the Russian
port city that was part of Germany until the fall of Hitler, should
become a key part of Europe.
Kinkel made the statement in Vilnius, Lithuania, during a visit there
to discuss "security" issues.
German Nazis have long asserted that Kaliningrad should be forced back
into the German sphere of influence, even while they seek large chunks
of Russia to be declared non-European.
Kinkel took much the same line, although he claimed that Germany has
no territorial desires on Kaliningrad, which was called Koenigsberg
until German Nazi tyranny was brought to an end in 1945.
"Kaliningrad should not be a white spot on the map," Kinkel told reporters.
"Together with Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia it should become an integrated
part of Europe."
Neo-fascists and German nationalists are in their third year of a drive
to Germanize Kaliningrad.
The city is a major staging area for the Russian Navy.

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