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Tue Jun 12, 2012, 08:57 AM

 

Nazis left to thrive in parts of eastern Germany

Perhaps this article does not qualify as a Good Read. Maybe it should be posted under a Sad Read heading.

"This is what hell looks like," says Kerstin Krumbholz, 50, sitting in her living room in Geithain, a small town in the eastern German state of Saxony. Spread out on the table in front of her are newspaper articles about neo-Nazis, flyers and posters that record the right-wing terror plaguing everyday life here. "People in the cities have no idea what's going on out here in the country," Krumbholz says.

She and her husband moved to Geithain 19 years ago. They had lived in Leipzig, some 40 kilometers away, but had wanted their children to grow up in a safer environment, away from criminality and drugs, far from the dangers of the big city. Lutz Krumbholz is a professional chimneysweep, while Kerstin Krumbholz takes care of accounting for the company, and they shared the responsibilities of raising their children.

Before, Kerstin Krumbholz didn't know much more about right-wing extremism than what she heard on the news, for example if a home for asylum-seekers was burned down somewhere, or when the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) took seats in a state parliament.

But those things had little to do with her own life -- until a neo-Nazi injured her son so badly that he nearly died. A right-wing extremist attacked Florian, then 15 years old and a member of the punk scene, at a gas station in May 2010, fracturing his skull. Florian now lives with a titanium plate in his head, and he's moved away from Geithain.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/article-on-neo-nazis-in-eastern-german-state-of-saxony-a-838231.html

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Response to mgc1961 (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 09:37 AM

1. Wow, what a nightmare!

Hopefully, the Left Party in Germany will rally people against this, since the major parties seem to be doing nothing. Sounds like some of the kook groups we have here except actually maybe worse!

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Response to jpbollma (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 12:53 PM

2. It's difficult

After the wall came down, life in the former east has been VERY slow to catch up economically and there has been a chronic lack of inventment, jobs and opportunity...These are the conditions that nazism thrives in...

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