Town buys hotel to shut out neo-Nazis
20 December 2006, Delmenhorst, Germany (dpa) - A neo-Nazi organization that was poised to purchase a hotel in a town in Germany and turn it into a "eugenics indoctrination centre" has been outbid by local residents.
20 December 2006
Delmenhorst, Germany (dpa) - A neo-Nazi organization that was poised to purchase a hotel in a town in Germany and turn it into a "eugenics indoctrination centre" has been outbid by local residents.
People in Delmenhorst near Bremen held bake sales and staged fund- raising barbecues to scrape together money to thwart a rich neo-Nazi lawyer's organization from buying property in their town.
Civic officials and a citizen group said Wednesday their purchase of the empty downtown building for EUR 3 million was complete, but no one knows what to do with the site now.
There have been suggestions it become an old-people's home or a community centre. Negotiations with the vendor began in August.
Residents of the small city of 80,000 on the coastal plain of northern Germany had worried that the empty, 100-room Hotel am Stadtpark would be turned into a workshop for neo-Nazi racial purity ideology.
The right-wing extremist organization Wilhelm Tietjen Stiftung fuer Fertilisation Ltd (Foundation for Fertilization Research) had sought to buy the building. The organization is named after a rich Nazi from Bremen who died childless in 2002.
The group is run by a far-right lawyer, Juergen Rieger, who reportedly offered 3.4 million euros. The vendor was finally persuaded to accept slightly less from the civic-action group. German anti-sedition agencies described Rieger as an "incorrigible racist."
However critics said the campaign, which included fund-raiser concerts, played into the hands of Nazis and property-owners, who could repeat the threat to move in at other places in Germany.
Subject: German news