BONN (Apr. 21)
The neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) has announced the postponement of its regional convention which was to be held in the Bavarian town of Nesselwang at the end of this month.
The NPD apparently was responding to protests from inside Germany and abroad. Otto Ulbrich, chairman of its regional branch in Schwaben, said the postponement was decided in order to relieve some of the pressure put on Rolf Buchheister, owner of the hotel in Nesselwang where the convention was to take place.
Buchheister, a former member of the SS and a neo-Nazi activist, is deeply involved in organizing a reunion of some 1,000 former SS officers in Nesselwang from May 3 through May 12. The dates cover the period of President Reagan’s visit to West Germany.
Buchheister was a member of the SS for five years during World War II and after the war immersed himself in neo-Nazi activities though he also has roots in respectable conservative organizations such as the local chapter of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the ruling party in Bavaria and a coalition partner of Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU).