How much do extreme right-wing groups threaten our region?? At the invitation of the local SPD association, nurnberg social scientist and right-wing extremism expert birgit mair gave a talk on "extreme rights and racism in franconia" at the packed home of the herzogenaurach sports club.
SPD local association chairwoman renate schroff began by reporting on events and experiences with the neo-nazi scene, which was also conspicuous in herzogenaurach in the 1990s. Nazis rioted in the youth center, a dark-skinned adidas employee was attacked and young people were massively courted by the extreme right-wingers. Against this, counter-demonstrations and light chains were formed, which were supported by the general population, schools, trade unions, churches and the city council.
The round table against right-wing violence was founded and dealt intensively with the neo-nazi scene in the region. Despite sometimes massive attacks, the participants do not love to be intimidated. As a result, the scene shifted to eckental, from where it was strongly networked with right-wing radicals from ansbach and nurnberg.
Report from hanau
Although speaker mair has also received death threats, she remains steadfast and will appear as a witness in a court case against an afd city councilor, as she said. Two hundred victims of right-wing violence since 1990 are clear proof that the extreme right is the greatest danger in germany, she said.
The speaker reported on the funeral service in hanau, which she attended recently. Thousands of candles and flowers testified to the raw grief in the city where numerous parents lost their children in a racially motivated attack. She was moved to tears when she heard the speeches of friends and relatives of the murdered people in hanau. It is a step forward to listen to the victims of right-wing violence instead of putting the perpetrators in the center of attention.
The speaker shed light on various popular nationalist scenes in franconia, starting with the right-wing populists of the "hallo meinung" internet platform all the way to the initiative "one percent for our country, whose federal leader lives near erlangen, up to the neo-nazis of the party "dritter weg". She also addressed the issue of reichsburgers, which made headlines in georgensgmund in 2016 when a police officer was shot dead there.
The number of reichsburgers in germany rose sharply in 2017 because the authorities were monitoring the scene more closely after the police murder. Nurnberg is again and again the site of right-wing movements. "In the past five years, nurnberg has experienced 70 extreme right-wing demonstrations", said mair, but as in many places in northern bavaria, the resistance against it was well positioned.
A cautionary tale
The following example shows that the afd has also moved further and further to the right in central franconia: in 2017, afd functionary elena roon was removed as a candidate for the bundestag after it became known that she had shared a hitler picture via whatsapp that read: "missing since 1945" and "adolf, please come forward! Germany needs you!".
A year later, however, she was again nominated as a candidate and has since been sitting in the central frankish district parliament in ansbach, the speaker said. Now the woman who already spread fakenews at rallies against cursed people in nurnberg in 2016 wants to move into the nurnberg city council.
The speaker used examples to show that the afd is not a party for the poor and the disenfranchised. It is important to expose the contradiction between social rhetoric and the neoliberal and market-radical policies of the afd. Migrants were marked by this party as scapegoats for grievances, but constructive proposals for solving problems were hardly made. A demarcation from the party is urgently necessary; there must not be a second erfurt.