In three articles ZEIT tries to link conservative party AfD to the Nazis or neonazis today.
Peter Felser sits in the German parliament Bundestag for conservative party AfD. ZEIT unearthed his past in a “brown” society. Brown is the color Germans associate with the Nazis because of the brown shirts worn by the SA thugs. The “dirt” is some decades old. Peter Felser was twenty and served in the German army Bundeswehr. Thanks for reading.
I’m kidding, but for the left serving in the military is already “brown” enough. Anyway, it gets “worse”.
He also was member of a group called Freibund which translates to Free Band or Free Group – you get the idea, innocuous. The state designates the group, however, as right-wing extremists since 1996. That is decades after the group was founded in 1957. According to ZEIT, it was founded in the image of the Hitler Youth.
Also decades ago, before the 1970s, the group went camping with the Wiking-Jugend (Viking Youth, but a strange grammar). Tents, bonfire, songs. The pure evil. The Wiking-Jugend is outlawed for a reason ZEIT does not reveal. Germans don’t have a sense for human rights like freedom of association. When human rights are violated it is just assumed that the victim really deserved it. Group forbidden. We are not expected to wonder.
In a whiff of honesty the ZEIT article then says that the Freibund did not display “brown” ideology afterwards, I mean, after all the “brown” camping. So when Peter Felser joined, it had already “orientated itself away from National Socialism” (verbatim translation).
But the politician was also a member of the Hochschulgilde Heinrich der Löwe which seems to be something like a Burschenschaft. Felser then founded a marketing agency with the name wk&f-Filmverlag. Among the many respectable clients, the company also produced two videos for the now dissolved party Republikaner.
The Republikaner were once founded in the eighties as a mainstream conservative party. Through infiltration by the Verfassungsschutz, a hostile media campaign and poor leadership, the respectable members left the party and the leftovers were at some point a bunch of (often antisemtic) morons. Peter Felser was a member himself, but he also eventually left the snake pit.
To summarize the mud digging and slinging: Peter Felser was a member of some groups that he has left and has no record of unethical behavior.
Another article explains that 70 disco clubs declared not to cooperate with the AfD in any way and that they hate them and blah blah. Slogan: “Reclaim Club Culture against Nazis.” Reclaim against is Germans’ the English do grammar.
But the third article is the best. The author describes a picnic with her kids and another befriended mother with a baby. Her sons start a conversation with two men who carry a ball. She says, “I don’t want my kids to speak to Nazis.” Her friend, not a good citizen, just shrugs, “Nah, they surely are no Nazis.” Red alarm. Red alarm. Never contradict a lefty who has spotted Nazis.
The author described how she ran to her children and told them that they must go now. Picnic over. Nazis. While they pack, one of the men strips off his T-shirt. His back shows a big tattoo of an iron cross. She calls it “Wehrmacht cross”. The iron cross is a military decoration that was once awarded in the wars against the Napolean occupation and is now a symbol of the Bundeswehr. I love the idea of the tattoo. Badass.
The things that originally tipped her off were “military style haircuts” (no skin heads) and cargo trousers.
Anyway, she panicks and leaves the scene. Then she rants about the AfD whatever they have to do with her picnic.