July 23rd, 2008
President of the Central Council calls for NPD ban and criticises new gymnasium curriculum in Bavaria
Berlin/Munich – The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany , Charlotte Knobloch, has once again called for a ban on the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD): "We have to outlaw the NPD to put an end to the activities of these brown gangs."
"It cannot be tolerated that far-right extremists and neo-Nazis freely spread their propaganda in public places," she said. Knobloch's statements come in response to the Development Minister's, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, appeal to launch a renewed attempt to ban the NPD which she made at an event held in commemoration of the failed 20 July plot of 1944 to assassinate Hitler.
At the same time, Knobloch criticised the new curriculum developed for Bavarian gymnasiums due to the reduction of the total length of gymnasium attendance from nine to eight years. "It is unacceptable that the curriculum provides only for seven hours of the history of National Socialism," she said. Knobloch argued that this time was not enough to sufficiently cover the important aspects of National Socialism. (23.07.2008)