President Joachim Gauck has urged Germany to resist far-right extremists without fear. His remarks precede the 20th anniversary of anti-foreigner rioting in Rostock that shocked Germany shortly after its reunification.
Police questioned a member of a neo-Nazi terror cell just months before the gang killed a policewoman – but asked her about water damage to a flat, having no idea she was connected to a string of sh
On May 19, 2011, Holger G.'s past caught up with him. Three old acquaintances stood in front of his home, a clinker-brick and gable-roofed house in the small town of Lauenau in Lower Saxony. They were Uwe Böhnhardt, Uwe Mundlos and Beate Zschäpe, a trio of neo-Nazis now known as the Zwickau cell, who are believed to have murdered at least 10 people between 2000 and 2007. They had simply turned up out of the blue, and needed G.'s help once again.
A string of murders allegedly committed by a trio of neo-Nazis has raised concern among German authorities that some right-wing extremist groups may have transitioned from political agitation to outright terrorism.
Over the weekend, federal prosecutors alleged that right-wing extremists were responsible for the murder of a female police officer in the southern German city of Heilbronn in 2007 as well as the murders of eight food venders, of whom seven were Turkish and one was Greek.