Obscure right-wing extremist organization: neo-Nazi northern eagle banned

Seehofer smashes another right-wing troop. Nordadler was marginalized in the extreme right-wing scene and had a bizarre leader.

“Right-wing extremism has no place on the Internet either.” Seehofer bans neo-Nazi troops Northern Eagle Photo: Fabrizio Bensch, dpa

BERLIN taz | After Combat 18 and the Reich Citizens’ Troop “United German Peoples and Tribes”, Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) has the next extreme right group banned: Northern eagles. On Tuesday morning, the police searched objects in Göttingen and Hanover Lower Saxony, in Vlotho, Sprockhövel and Wuppertal in North Rhine-Westphalia, in Brandenburg / Havel and Doberlug-Kirchhain in Brandenburg as well as in Dresden and Pirna in Saxony and handed over the prohibition order.

The group is marginalized in the extreme right-wing scene and came together in late 2016. Nordadler communicated primarily via chat groups on Telegram or Discord, also via Facebook or Instagram. The company also operated under the names “Völkische Revolution”, “Völkische Jugend”, “Völkischegemeinschaft” or “Völkische Renaissance”. Around 30 members are attributed to the group, and seven right-wing extremists count as leading figures.

They said that the German would perish, would rush against the left and the Jews. National Socialism was openly paid homage to, and the SS named as a model. Internally, the group is said to have created lists of political opponents – which one wanted to be held accountable in the event of a state collapse.

A current website said that they were aiming for a “national movement”. The goal is “the rescue of Germany” and “overcoming the hostile idols”. And: “The ethnic renaissance will not move away from its worldview or make compromises.”

Seehofer said of the ban: “I will prohibit associations and groups that spread hatred and hate speech and long for the re-establishment of a National Socialist state. Right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism have no place with us, neither in the real nor in the virtual world. ”The group is directed against the constitution and the idea of ​​international understanding and aims at criminal offenses.

According to taz information, there were also real meetings in addition to the chats. And also a property in the Thuringian Hohenstein, in the Mackenrode district. According to the group, the group wanted to set up a “self-sufficient opposition project” there, a “real community of Germanic belief, Artamans and National Socialists based on ethnic consciousness”. According to the Thuringian Ministry of the Interior, “several” people who moved to the region from northern Germany still used the house in 2019. However, no searches were carried out in Thuringia on Tuesday. The local left-wing expert Katharina König-Preuss called this incomprehensible. In security circles, it was said that the property was now unused and had decayed.

Headstrong leader with gun affinity

Strangely, no searches were carried out in Thuringia on Tuesday. The local left-wing expert Katharina König-Preuss called this incomprehensible.

According to taz, the leader is 24-year-old Wladislav S. His political behavior is strange. On the one hand, S. openly recognized himself as a National Socialist. On the other hand, S. was convicted in 2017 for accompanying an IS sympathizer and ex-neo-Nazi in a test explosion in Northeim, Lower Saxony, and filming the explosion. The defected Islamist was later sentenced to a good three years in prison for planning an explosive attack on police officers and soldiers.

The Federal Ministry of the Interior accuses Wladislav S. of specifically targeting younger users on the Internet in order to “indoctrinate them and thus create enemies of the constitution”. He is also said to have supported the attack on the synagogue in Halle in a public telegram group.

In April 2018, the federal prosecutor’s office had four northern eagle members and one other person searched the accommodation – on suspicion of right-wing terrorism. At that time, the group should have considered attacks on political opponents internally and searched for weapons and explosives. At that time, firearms and stabbing weapons were found, as well as a large number of fireworks and militaria. No one was arrested.

In November 2018, there were further searches after a group member posed on the Internet with real-looking firearms, which turned out to be soft-air weapons.

In the raids on Tuesday, the investigators initially found no weapons, but Nazi literature, Reich War flags, steel helmets and a baseball bat. There were no arrests. Those affected had mostly shown themselves to be cooperative, security circles said.

After the far-right terrorist acts against Walter Lübcke and the attack in Halle, Seehofer announced more harshness against the far-right scene and examined six bans by neo-Nazi groups. Combat 18 was banned in January and the Reichsbürger group banned in March. Number three now follows with Northern Eagle.