Bonn (Jul. 1)
The Ku Klux Klan is operating in West Germany and maintains liaison with neo-Nazi organizations, the weekly news magazine Stern reported. According to Stern, the racist group has about 1000 members and restricts its activities to U.S. military bases where attacks on Black soldiers have increased. Stern said its information was confirmed by the Federal Criminal Investigation Bureau and the Rhineland-Palatinate Interior Ministry.
KKK activities are centered in the Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse, the magazine reported but the Interior Ministry said Germany’s hands were tied because it operates at U.S. military installation. The German Klan maintains ties with the outlawed Wehrsportsgruppe Hoffmann, a neo-Nazi paramilitary organization that masquaraded as a sports club and with other rightwing extremists sought by police in connection with the bombing at the Munich (Oktoberfest) last year.
An 18 year-old neo-Nazi with a criminal record is the Klan’s liaison with those groups, Stern said.