August 14th, 2008

Central Council calls for ban on "Heimattreue Deutsche Jugend"

Berlin – The Central Council of Jews in Germany called on the Federal Government to ban the far-right association "Heimattreue Deutsche Jugend" (HDJ) ("Patriotic German Youth"). The President of the Central Council, Charlotte Knobloch, emphasised that the association was undoubtedly anti-constitutional. While dissolving a HDJ tent camp in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania last week, the police seized towels decorated with swastikas and literature containing far-right propaganda. "A brown association that organises tent camps resembling those in Nazi Germany and glorifies the Third Reich must be banned," said Knobloch, according to the news agency dpa . She declared that it was intolerable that children were dressed in uniforms and introduced in a playful manner to "Nazi symbols and ideologies". "Things like this must not happen again, neither in Germany nor elsewhere in the world," she said. Knobloch demanded that the HDJ be included in a banning procedure against the NPD because both organizations worked together. (14.08.2008)