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Hundreds Demonstrate Against Growth of Neo-nazi Youth Groups

January 4, 1985
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Several hundred anti-Nazis demonstrated here on New Year’s Day against the proliferation of neo-Nazi youth groups in and around this Hessien city. They marched from the university campus to the site of the former synagogue while, at the same time, neo-Nazi youths, shouted anti-Semitic slogans in another part of the city.

There were no clashes. The anti-Nazis, heavily guarded by police, were protesting specifically against a meeting of neo-Nazi youth groups in the nearby town of Hilders. Guenther Kulka, head of a group called “Fascism — Never Again, “said his organization was demanding that the government outlaw neo-Nazi groups.

The demonstrators carried signs calling on federal, state and local authorities to ban the traditional New Year’s Eve gatherings of neo-Nazis, many of which are held in the Fulda area.

The one in Hilders drew such organizations as the “Viking Jugend, ” “Skinheads, ” “Young National Democrats, ” and “National Socialist Action Front. It was presided over by Thomas Brehl, identified as national vice chairman of the Action Front.

Wolfgang Nahrath, chairman of the Viking Jugend, claimed his organization was not Nazi but an association of patriotic German youths.

Several hundred of these youths ranged through Fulda shouting ” Jews Out” and ” Germany, Wake Up.” Police said their leaders would be prosecuted for staging an unauthorized demonstration.

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