taz research on threatening letters: Call from “NSU 2.0”

The “NSU 2.0” was more intensive and active earlier than previously known. The main suspect police officer has called for the election of the AfD.

Poster at a protest in Wiesbaden in July Photo: Arne Dedert / dpa picture alliance

FRANKFURT A.M./KIRTORF/BERLIN taz | The perpetrator or perpetrators who have sent the more than 80 “NSU 2.0” threats to date have spied out target persons more intensively than previously known. As taz research has shown, a man tried by phone in August 2018 to get private data from taz author * in Hengameh Yaghoobifarah. At the time, he phoned the taz editorial office, pretended to be a police officer and made a threat. In two later “NSU 2.0” letters, precise reference is made to this call.

At the time of the call, no threats from “NSU 2.0” were publicly known. The messages in which the phone call is mentioned were sent in October 2019 and June 2020 from the address that the investigators assign to the “NSU 2.0”. “SS-Obersturmbannführer” is given as the sender. It is a mail account with the provider Yandex, whose username is a racist swear word.

The “leader” of the “NSU 2.0”, as the sender calls himself, expresses several times in emails that Yaghoobifarah is receiving “special treatment”, that it is “our primary goal”. Yaghoobifarah has been receiving massive threats for a long time, which increased again after a column critical of the police in June 2020.

In the “NSU 2.0” mails that the taz has received, several private data of people who are not publicly known who have received threatening letters from the “NSU 2.0” are mentioned. Including an old and the current address of the Frankfurt lawyer Seda Başay-Yıldız, as the taz had reported. Başay-Yıldız received the first known threat from “NSU 2.0” by fax in August 2018. Shortly before, private data had been accessed from her on a duty computer in a Frankfurt police station.

A suspected policeman

The investigators still suspect a Frankfurt police officer to have requested the data and sent the “NSU 2.0” faxes. The suspicion that he is behind the threatening emails has not been confirmed, according to the Frankfurt prosecutor. A year ago, the public prosecutor made a request for legal assistance to Russia in order to get the traffic data of the Yandex address. According to taz information, this has not yet been answered, although the German side has followed up several times.

According to taz research, the accused policeman is policeman Johannes S. The current 31-year-old belonged to a chat group in which police officers from the 1st precinct exchanged right-wing extremist content. According to the public prosecutor’s office, intensive investigations were conducted against him from May 2019 to the end of 2019. In June 2019, the investigators searched his apartment in Frankfurt and his house in Kirtorf in Central Hesse for the second time. His communications were also monitored.

Johannes S. expressed himself politically in social networks. On Facebook, for example, shortly before the 2013 federal election, he wrote: “On the 22nd it’s a cross for the AfD …. and no, this vote is NOT given away!” When the G20 summit took place in Hamburg, he posted a “Fck Antifa “lettering, plus hashtags like #scheisslinke, #terrorvonlinks and #ingedankenbeidenkollegen. The posts are available to the taz. Johannes S. did not want to speak to the taz and did not answer any written questions.

It is unclear how the “NSU 2.0” sender obtained the current address of Başay-Yıldız. The Hessian Interior Minister Peter Beuth (CDU) said on Thursday in the plenum of the state parliament in Wiesbaden that there had been no further illegal inquiries in the police system in Hesse.

You can read the entire research on the threatening letters from the “NSU 2.0” and the suspicious police officer in the taz on the weekend of May 5th / 6th. September 2020.


Suspect in the “NSU 2.0” case: the snake breeder

An armed ex-police officer in Landshut is arrested in the course of the “NSU 2.0” investigation. Apparently he is close to local politics.

Unusual hobby: The NSU 2.0 suspect breeds the snake species Boa constrictor Photo: image

LANDSHUT taz | The boa constrictor is a type of boa that is characterized by its diverse appearances. The animals, also called idol snakes, can be between one and 4.5 meters long. They are red, white, brown and-or black. Snake fans all over the world find it fascinatingly different.

The man, who calls himself Eugen Prinz, breeds these animals together with his wife, even if he is not a big fan of diversity himself. Not in his living space.

Prince bears testimony to this when he writes articles: For example about the “Muslim machos” who would not integrate or the alleged hatred of Germany by the taz. Eugen Prinz writes for the right-wing extremist platform Politically Incorrect and his own blog. In real life he is called Hermann S.

On July 24th, the Frankfurt Public Prosecutor sent the police to Landshut-Auloh to see Hermann S. aka Eugen Prinz. The suspicion: S. could have written six of the at least 71 threatening emails that have since been received by prominent activists, politicians and journalists and all of which were written in the name of “NSU 2.0”.

Right hatred from the norm German idyll

In July, the police took away computers and data media, as well as three weapons that S. illegally owned, a pump gun and two pistols. The evaluation of the data should now show whether S. is actually behind the six threatening emails.

Landshut-Auloh, that is the norm German idyll. Generous but inconspicuous houses, trimmed lawns, the FC Bayern flag is waving, a cat is missing, the citizens’ forum is looking for helpers on the way to school. To S. ‘ Wooden picket fence hangs a sign that shows a shitting dog in the crosshairs.

The public prosecutor’s office is now concerned with whether S. also takes people into his crosshairs or would like to take them. The investigators had obtained a search warrant because the threats sent to politicians and artists in July came from an email address that also uses the pseudonym Eugen Prinz.

S. himself denies the allegations and claims to have been the victim of an intrigue. Among other things, he points out that the emails contain not only his pseudonym, but also his real name and full address. The Frankfurt am Main public prosecutor’s office confirms this. The evaluation of S. ‘ Hardware is still going on. The Munich public prosecutor’s office is meanwhile dealing with the three unreported weapons. There are also legal weapons in the S. household, he is a marksman.

Visiting the AfD in the Bundestag

S. had once worked as a police officer. The now 63-year-old resigned from the police force 16 years ago and is now receiving a pension that could now be withdrawn from him in the course of disciplinary proceedings.

What do the Landshut police say? “We are a very young agency,” says Landshut police chief Helmut Eibensteiner on the phone. “Almost nobody here knows that.” Two colleagues still worked with S. for whom Eibensteiner would put his hand on the fire. If S. had any information that he shouldn’t have, it was definitely not from the Landshut inspection, according to the chief police officer.

Even if S. in the end cannot be classified as part of the NSU 2.0, it is worth taking a closer look. Because even if no story about threatening emails comes to light, there is at least one story about the lack of distance between people like him and local politics. Eugen Prinz aka Hermann S. is more than just a real smack from the provinces.

In May 2019, the AfD invites various journalists to the “Conference of the Free Media” in the party’s parliamentary group in the Bundestag. With wraps and Asian poultry skewers, there is an opportunity to exchange ideas about possible cooperation between the AfD and the far-right of the blogger scene. Members of the Bundestag come into conversation with dubious authors, for example with the Islam critic, ex-CSU Munich spokesman and PI writer Michael Stürzenberger, who has several criminal records.

Wish for a more aggressive AfD

Götz Kubitschek should not be missing either, three representatives of the Identity Movement observed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution are there, including Herrmann S. and Eugen Prinz. The photo that was taken of him at the conference – S. wears an AfD collar and looks grim – he consistently uses as a picture of the author.

In the following February, Eugen Prinz addressed the AfD directly in a PI News article. In the text he formulates the wish for a new, aggressive AfD, whose politicians refuse to provide information to the established media and cause “inconvenience” to the parliamentarians of the established parties. The writer’s sympathy for the AfD is no secret.

There is also an online newspaper in which texts by Eugen Prinz appeared: klartext.la, a “platform for citizen journalism”, launched and supported by Rudolf Schnur from the Landshut CSU, who lives near the snake-breeding couple in Auloh. Schnur is the head of the CSU parliamentary group in the city council.

In 2015, Schnur and S. agreed to work together – and to set up the “Immigration” department, which S. is responsible for, where interested citizens can find out more about crimes committed by people with a migration background. Prinz promptly raved about a German Rape Wave, an alleged wave of rape by refugees.

No clear border to the AfD

What does Schnur, the CSU man, say? Today he claims to media representatives that he ended his collaboration with S. in 2015 and has not been in contact with the man since. However, it once sounded different on his own homepage, where it was said that the immigration department had been “outsourced”. Because it gets so much attention.

It does not necessarily speak in favor of a clear demarcation of the CSU from the right wing when the armed snake breeder, who serves as a court reporter to the AfD, has been hanging out with their city council politicians for years – if not buddies.

In 2008, Schnur also founded the Landshut Citizens’ Forum, which was renamed the aktiv.bayern association in 2016. Hermann S. once again advertised events of this club vigorously on his blog, he is also said to have initiated events in the restaurant of a gymnastics club.

In 2016 Vera Lengsfeld came to the restaurant, shortly afterwards the journalist Iris Nicole Masson, about whom you can hardly find anything via Google search today, except for the event announcement from the pen of Eugen Prinz. CSU man Schnur is also said to have been on site on both evenings. Because of xenophobic failures in the context of the lectures, the gymnastics club subsequently banned the club aktiv.bayern from entering.

King defies the threats

Schnur no longer wants to comment on this issue, and he also refuses a personal conversation – as does Hermann S. Instead: A visit to Anja König, SPD chairwoman in Landshut, who received threatening letters in 2017. On a photo that was sent along with her, someone had smeared a swastika on her forehead, the letter said: “You soci-devils all belong to Auschwitz.”

A perpetrator could not be identified at the time, now she has presented the letters to the public prosecutor again. For König, the connection between the CSU and the new right blogger is nothing new. “We have known for a long time that Mr. Schnur should be treated with caution and that he is not afraid of being close to the people in question. Nobody can tell me that they are no longer in contact, ”she says.

König also criticizes the Landshut CSU for helping the three AfD city councilors to have a greater say in the city parliament by increasing the number of committee seats. While Prime Minister Söder now calls the AfD the enemy and regrets the rapprochement that the CSU pursued in 2018 towards the AfD, there are apparently fewer fears of contact between CSU members and the far right at the local level.

Some time ago, König received an anonymous message on his cell phone, which alludes to her WhatsApp profile picture with her granddaughter in a subliminally aggressive manner. König, who is known as a committed campaigner against right-wing extremism, does not want to be intimidated by this. “I already said in 2017 that they should tell me that face to face. I’m always open to discussions. But if nothing comes of that, they’re cowardly dogs. “