German Holocaust survivors demand rightist ban

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26 January 2007, Berlin (dpa) - A group representing antifascist and Holocaust survivors called on the German parliament to renew efforts to ban the extreme-right German National Party (NPD). "We want to collect 100,000 signatures by November 9 (to petition the government)," said Werner Pfennig, the chairman of the Union of the Persecuted under the Nazis-Federation of Antifascists (VVN-BdA), an organization the German security agency the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution says is "influe

26 January 2007

Berlin (dpa) - A group representing antifascist and Holocaust survivors called on the German parliament to renew efforts to ban the extreme-right German National Party (NPD).

"We want to collect 100,000 signatures by November 9 (to petition the government)," said Werner Pfennig, the chairman of the Union of the Persecuted under the Nazis-Federation of Antifascists (VVN-BdA), an organization the German security agency the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution says is "influenced by the extreme left."

Among the signatories of the petition were nationally known actors and the theologian Gerhard Ludwig Mueller.

Ernst Grube, a survivor of the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt, speaking at the presentation of the campaign, said: "I see in parallel to that time that the state is not fighting the incipiencies decisively enough and is underestimating the danger."

He added that in order for the ban on the NPD to succeed, government informers have to be removed from the party. "The undercover agents of the Constitution Protection Office are not needed as witnesses."

A first attempt to ban the NPD failed in 2003 because leading members of the party worked with the Constitution Protection Office as agents.

The VVN, founded in 1947, has been rumoured to have been infiltrated by Communist agents. According to a 2005, Constitution Protection Office report, a co-founder of the organization was a member of the former East German secret security agency Stasi.

The VVN-BdA claims to have 10,000 members.

DPA

Subject: German news

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