German 'Hitler Youth' camp trio charged

17th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

The trio -- a 25-year-old student, a 27-year-old mechanic and a 24-year-old saleswoman -- had links to the far-right movement in Germany and were charged with inciting racial hatred and distributing propaganda, prosecutors said.

Berlin -- Prosecutors in Germany charged three people earlier this week suspected of creating "Hitler Youth"-style camps where uniformed children were "schooled" in far-right racial theory and shown Nazi propaganda.

The trio -- a 25-year-old student, a 27-year-old mechanic and a 24-year-old saleswoman -- had links to the far-right movement in Germany and were charged with inciting racial hatred and distributing propaganda, prosecutors said.

The student was accused of running a camp in May 2006 of the now-banned HDJ group -- whose name means "German youth true to the homeland" -- in which at least 13 children took part in torch-lit marches in masks with inverted swastikas.

The other two were accused of setting up a "race school" for between 30 or 40 participants, including a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old, who were warned against "racial mixing" and who heard racist comments about Arabs and Jews.

Participants in the "school" also watched the banned film "Der ewige Jude" ("The Eternal Jew") published by the Nazis in 1940, in which Nazi symbols are displayed and Jews are maltreated.

Germany's interior ministry banned the HDJ in March after police busted several camps where children as young as six were taught that foreigners and Jews were a threat to the "German nation."

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