The neo-Nazi organization Hammerskins Germany was outlawed by the German authorities on Tuesday, and hundreds of its members’ houses were searched.
The organization, which is a branch of an American right-wing extremist organization, is well-known throughout Europe.
According to the Interior Ministry, Hammerskins Germany is a branch of the 1988-founded Hammerskins Nation in the United States.
It has a significant impact on the European right-wing extremist scene. Members of this organization refer to one another as “brothers” and live according to their subcultural way of life.
According to the ministry, the group also considers itself to be at the top of the right-wing extreme skinhead scene.
Interior Minister Nancy Faeser remarked, “The ban of the Hammerskins Germany is a hard blow against organized right-wing extremism,” adding that the ban extended to the association’s regional chapters and its subsidiary Crew 38.
“With this ban, we are putting an end to the inhumane activities of an internationally active neo-Nazi association in Germany,” she continued.
This sends an unambiguous message against racism and antisemitism. The organization has over 130 members in Germany.
The houses of 28 gang members were searched by 700 police officers during the early-morning raids in 10 states.
If any members were detained, it wasn’t immediately apparent. The minister noted that in addition to money, “significant amounts of right-wing extremist devotional objects have been seized.”
The German federal and state governments worked closely together for more than a year prior to the ban, according to Faeser, who added that “we also worked closely with our American partners.”
The spread of a racial philosophy based on Nazi ideology is the central component of the group’s ideology. According to the ministry, the association Hammerskins Germany seeks to further its right-wing extremist viewpoint, particularly through its concerted efforts to recruit non-members and radicalize people.
The spread of a racial philosophy based on Nazi ideology is the central component of the group’s ideology.
According to the ministry, the association Hammerskins Germany seeks to further its right-wing extremist viewpoint, particularly through its concerted efforts to recruit non-members and radicalize people.
It stated that the distribution of recordings of right-wing extremist and antisemitic music, the planning of right-wing extremist concerts, and the sale of right-wing extremist merchandise are just a few ways that the international networking group’s right-wing extremist orientation manifests itself.
The German interior ministry has banned a right-wing extremist group 20 times, the most recent being Hammerskins Germany.
Right-wing extremism continues to pose the biggest threat to Germany’s fundamental democratic order, Faeser told reporters in Berlin.