German court bans rally in Rudolf Hess hometown
27 July 2005, WUNSIEDEL, GERMANY - A court in Germany Wednesday banned a planned demonstration and rally by thousands of neo-Nazis in the Bavarian hometown of Adolf Hitler's one-time deputy Rudolf Hess.
27 July 2005
WUNSIEDEL, GERMANY - A court in Germany Wednesday banned a planned demonstration and rally by thousands of neo-Nazis in the Bavarian hometown of Adolf Hitler's one-time deputy Rudolf Hess.
Bayreuth Administrative Court issued the ban saying the August 20 parade and rally was not a legitimate political or social demonstration but rather nothing more than a forum for glorification of a condemned war criminal.
Local officials welcomed the ban, but noted that similar court orders have been overturned at the last minute by higher courts over the past three years.
In the biggest turnout, 2,500 neo-Nazis marched through the streets of the Bavarian town of Wunsiedel in 2002 to mark the 15th anniversary of the death of Hess. About 500 leftists protested against the marchers, but riot police kept them apart and reported no clashes between the rival groups.
Hess is viewed as a martyr by German neo-Nazis because he was the last Nazi war-crimes inmate at Spandau prison.
Hess infamously flew on his own initiative from Germany to Britain in 1941 and announced that he wished to negotiate a separate peace. He was jailed and sentenced in 1946 to life imprisonment for war crimes.
Following his death in 1987, neo-Nazis converged on his hometown of Wunsiedel to hold marches until 1991 when they were banned. The ban was lifted in 2002 following years of court battles.
Subject: German news