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Neo-nazi Teacher Confronted with His Past

A neo-Nazi teacher walked into his classroom in Landenburg last week to find the walls adomed with posters chronicling Nazi war crimes and his own rightwing activities within the neo Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD). The headmaster of the school in the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg had approved the exhibit and background music of anti-fascist songs.

The teacher, Guenter Deckert, 43, is a long-time leader of the NPD’s young guard which has attacked the party’s leadership for being “too moderate.” He has twice tried, unsuccessfully, for the office of NPD national chairman. The state educational authorities fired him but a Mannheim court ruled that he be given back his job.