Neo-nazi Party Opens Election Campaign for Bavarian Parliament

The Neo-Nazi Deutsche Reichspartei opened a bid for seats in the Bavarian Legislature today with the slogan of “tolerance for all and all for Germany” but the party program made it plain that the tolerance was desired mainly for Nazis punished after the war.

The official program called for the establishment of a labor service, the reintroduction of the death penalty and indemnification of “victims of the persecutions” after 1945. This was an obvious reference to the defendants in denazification trials.

Wilhelm Meinberg, recently charged with anti-Semitism here but acquitted for lack of evidence, was re-elected chairman. Otto Hess, a close relative of Rudolph Hess, Hitler’s one-time deputy, was re-elected as co-chairman.

Observers of Nazi trends said that the party in recent months has been careful to refrain from anti-Semitic statements to avoid prosecution. The party’s official organ, however, consistently features news detrimental to Jews, distorting the facts connected with indemnification of victims of Nazism, Israel reparations and Israel-Arab relations.

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