Germany - New publication on right-wing extremism and antisemitism

The spread of right-wing extremist attitudes in Thuringia has remained at a high level in the past year, according to the assessment of democracy initiatives and research institutions. This is the conclusion reached by the authors of the publication “Thuringian States”, which was presented in IDZ-jena on Tuesday. "The risk of being violently attacked, especially for racist reasons, remains extremely high in Germany," said Frank Zobel from the counseling center for those affected by right-wing violence (ezra).

According to Axel Salheiser from IDZ-jena the Institute for Democracy and Civil Society (Institut für Demokratie und Zivilgesellschaft), the threat posed by antisemitism is also acute. "It often manifests itself in the destruction, damage or desecration of memorial sites, symbols or initiatives as well as the deliberate disruption of commemorations commemorating the Nazi crimes," says Salheiser, who, like Zobel, is co-author of the new publication.

The collection of articles looks to 2020 - and thus to the first year of the pandemic in Germany and Thuringia . In an essay, the authors point out, among other things, new everyday experiences with anti-Asian racism. Another text deals with the Thuringian neo-Nazi structure and the attempts of the extreme right-wing scene to use the corona pandemic to spread and mobilize their ideology.

It was important to us to name the actors who acted radically and to disclose their strategies," said Salheiser. In the course of the corona pandemic, some problem areas were condensed and "emerged particularly dramatically". These included, for example, historical revisionist references by opponents of the Corona policy at demonstrations. Comparisons of the Corona policy with, for example, the Holocaust are antisemitic and serve a "resistance and self-defense narrative" that comes from the right-wing scene.

Source: zeit