Germany’s leading Jewish organization expressed alarm Thursday over footage of flag-waving neo-Nazis in self-styled uniforms marching through an eastern German town on May Day unhindered by police.
Footage of the march Wednesday prompted widespread outrage in Germany and calls for authorities in the state of Saxony, where far-right sentiment is particularly strong, to step in.
“The images of the neo-Nazi march by The Third Way party in Plauen are disturbing and frightening,” said Josef Schuster, the head of Germany’s Central Council of Jews.
Noting that the rally took place on the eve of Yom HaShoah , the day when Jews commemorate the six million Jewish men, women and children murdered in the Holocaust, Schuster added that “right-wing extremists are marching in Saxony in a way that brings back memories of the darkest chapter in German history.”
German security agencies say The Third Way, a relatively small party, has close ties to far-right extremists. The march in Plauen took place to the beat of heavy drums made to look like those used by the Hitler Youth. Participants shouted slogans such as “Criminal foreigners out!” and “National socialism now!”
Saxony police said several hundred people took part in the march. Counter-protesters were kept away.
Police said they are investigating nine people for illegally covering their faces during the event and another for insulting an officer, but described the day as a success from a policing perspective because there was no violence.
The Central Council of Jews said authorities should have prevented the march from taking place at all.
“If the Saxony state government is serious about combating right-wing extremism, it must not allow such demonstrations,” Schuster said. “The Jewish community expects decisive action and visible consequences from the responsible authorities and the state government.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union is running neck-and-neck in recent opinion polls with the far-right Alternative for Germany party ahead of Sept. 1 state election in Saxony.
At a separate rally Wednesday, neo-Nazis marched through the western German city of Duisburg with signs calling for the destruction of Israel.
Signs from G-d. Clearly show us something is about to happen…
Why is this Shocking. Amolek is Amolek. Do you really think the Germans now are different than their ancestors?
Jews should leave diaspora.
only problem is they are not right wing they are left wing on their shirts it says socialist. The calling of skin heads & neo nazi’s right wing is the biggest sham perpetrated by these very people on the world, they twisted the term to give the other side the bad name. anytime you hear these left wing extremist speak its all about socialist ideas the liberal left are the fascists. right wing extremist’s are very peaceful nice people
It appears that in Europe Socialism is identified with “right” wing, whereas in America Socialism is 100% “left” wing. Either way, Germany of all places should be taking this much more seriously. Just go to show that you can’t take the Amalek out of the Germans.
Note: 1) uniforms (“tea shirts” not military style, if these are Nazis, the one’s from the 1930s are turning over in their grave); 2) Flags (looking as un-Nazi as possible); 3) Police (greatly unnumbering them, the people in black uniforms in the picture are police). The only way they are a threat to us is if they merge with the Muslim groups moving into Germany, but it turns out that the Muslims are the “foreigners” they want to expel.
This is the 21st century, and while there are many things in this century to worry about, enemies from the past such as Nazis, Cossacks, Crusaders, not to mention Romans, Babylonians and Assyrians, are not anything to lose sleep over. We have outlived them all. We need to worry about active threats today, which come from nutty American white supremicists and primarily from left-wing pro-Islamic groups.