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German Neo-Nazis Hold Hitler Youth Camp, French Sell T-shirts

Hitler may have died 63 years ago, but his anti-Semitic propaganda did not go with him to the grave. Last week police in northern Germany raided a neo-Nazi camp attended by children. At the camp, which was modeled after Hitler Youth Summer camps, 39 teenage campers wore uniforms of white T-shirts and black shorts, and studied racist Nazi materials. Following the police raid, the head of the German equivalent to the FBI warned that the German neo-Nazi movement has become increasingly ambitious and violent, marking a change in strategy.

Next door to Germany, French prosecutors have begun investigating Parisian clothing shops accused of selling anti-Semitic T-shirts. Covered in Polish or German, the shirts display slogans used by the Nazis, such as "Jews forbidden from entering the park." Sales people at the stores say they did not understand the inscriptions, but also that the shirts have been very popular with some customers. Let's hope widespread anti-Semitism never goes back in style in Europe.


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tiabia tiabia 8 years
This is actually scary. It's frightening that 39 such fragile minds (the young campers) are being groomed to hate. Taught to hate only because of someone else projecting their fear on to them. Very chilling.
ally14 ally14 8 years
I'm glad that the majority of people do not hate like that (in reply to Madchen's comment) and I am happy that Germany does have strict laws about anti-semitism now but this still goes on everywhere in the world. I know it's a bit off-topic but I wish people would stop teaching others to hate someone because of their race. I remember in the 9th grade finding a Swastika in one of the library books and how when I was growing up,classmates would tell me to go home and call me mean names because I was jewish and also how much anti-semitism there is in Ukraine. How my mom had to fight her way into a musical conservatory and was abused for her religion and how she was the first Jew accepted into a musical convervatory in their region in Ukraine.
Mädchen Mädchen 8 years
You have to understand that even though neo-Nazis do exist in Germany, they're a very small minority. Of course, that doesn't mean we shouldn't do anything against that movement, I'm just trying to put things into perspective. If you read the article that is linked above, you'll see that the people who ran the camp actually described it as "a youth adventure holiday". Once police got wind of what was really happening, they intervened. Right now, the neo-Nazis seem to be mostly attacking left-wingers, especially teenagers who identify with the Antifa (an anti-fascist movement). They're not succeeding though. Everytime right wing groups organize some sort of march, huge numbers of people turn up to stop them and protest against them.
janneth janneth 8 years
Who could come up with such an awful idea for t shirts? What kind of person would you have to be?
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
You have to understand their beliefs. They don't care about history, in there minds they are protecting their race. They are protecting their future. It does not just about hate someone - they truly feel that their belief system is the right one; whether they use a holy book to dictate this belief or if they utilize pseudo history to play up their hatred. Jill --I don't think you would have been on the sidelines - I believe you would have been in the trenches.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
UnDave, I can't believe that anyone would buy into this BS anymore - we have so many examples from history (recently!) to teach us why this is so wrong and what horrible things happen when a nation or group goes down this path. It is making my lose my faith in the human race! :-(
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I'm amazed that Germans still buy into this BS. Did they not read the history books and see the eventual outcome? This isn't rocket science. You build a society of hate, and eventually the world collapses on you.
ally14 ally14 8 years
As a jew, it upsets me deeply that we still have people like this today. It's as if history taught them nothing. I hope that the government really does take this seriously and I wouldn't mind more education on the Holocaust especially in coutnries such as France and Germany.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Yes, yes, gitsie, absolutely! I second everything you said! :-)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I don't understand how you could sell a shirt and claim to have no idea what the inscriptions mean.
gitsie123 gitsie123 8 years
Martinilush we could also add sexuality to that list. I totally agree with you! It is amazing how much energy people waste hating another group of people.
lovelie lovelie 8 years
Thanks Martini! :) It is at least comforting to know that Germany is taking this very seriously.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
This is beyond disturbing to me. I find it so bizarre that anyone would hate someone simply based on superficial factors, such as race, religion or ethnicity! Lovlie, from what I understand, Germany has some very strict anti-hate laws. German legal code expressly forbids anyone from inciting hatred against ethnic groups.
lovelie lovelie 8 years
I wonder what type of laws govern hate movements like this in Germany? Or if freedom of speech comes into play here? I really do not have a clue about German law.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I agree, The Enchanted One. This type of story makes me want to protect people. I always used to wonder as a kid, if I was born before the civil rights movement, would I have worked against injustice or would have been one of the people to sit around and just watch it happen?
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
Goodness, that gave me goosebumps. Not because their 'force' scare me, but because I can't understand how you can have such strong hatred for people just because of their race.
Advah Advah 8 years
Wow, that's SICK.
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