BONN (Jan. 18)
West Germany’s largest neo-Nazi organization has launched a nationwide propaganda outreach via a junk mail campaign, and postal authorities say there is nothing they can do to stop it.
Protests against delivering the mail, initially from mail carriers in Kiel who refused to deliver the material, have now spread to the postal workers union.
Bundestag member Arne Boernsen of the opposition Social Democratic Party promised to initiate a parliamentary debate on the matter.
A spokeswoman for the postal service said it is bound by law to deliver the mail regardless of its content.
The controversy first surfaced several weeks ago, when the junk mail campaign was started by Gerhard Frey, a Munich-based publisher and longtime neo-Nazi activist.
Frey began mass mailings to recruit new members for his German People’s Union, the biggest neo-Nazi party with a membership of about 12,000.
Frey, who also publishes the neo-Nazi weekly “German National Newspaper,” has mailed about 28 million letters all over the country.
Postal authorities say that after careful study, they concluded that Frey violated no laws.
“Beyond protests,” the spokeswoman said, “there is nothing we can do.”