The German government on Wednesday banned a far-right, racist group known for indoctrinating children, as police raided dozens of its members’ homes and other buildings in the early hours of the morning.
A statement from Germany’s interior ministry said it had banned the group Artgemeinschaft, an anti-democratic association with about 150 members. All its sub-organizations, including Gefaehrtschaften, Gilden, Freundeskreise and Familienwerk eV, were also banned, the ministry said.
“We ban a sectarian, deeply racist and anti-Semitic union,” said Interior Secretary Nancy Feiser.
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“This is another hard blow against right-wing extremism and (those) who continue to spread Nazi ideologies to this day,” he said, adding that the organization tried to indoctrinate their children and youth with their anti-democratic ideology.
Under the guise of a pseudo-religious German belief in gods, the Artgemeinschaft propagated the worldview of Nazism, the ministry said.
“The central aim of the group was the preservation and promotion of its own ‘kind’, which can be equated with the National Socialist term ‘race,'” according to the statement.
Apart from the ideology of race doctrine, the group’s symbolism, narratives and activities showed further parallels with Nazi ideology.
The group instructed its members on how to choose a “correct spouse” in the “human species” of Northern and Central Europe in order to pass on the “correct” genetic makeup according to the association’s racist ideology. People of other origins were demoted, the ministry said in its statement.
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In early morning raids in 12 states, police searched 26 apartments of 39 group members as well as clubhouses of the organization.
Last week, the German government banned the neo-Nazi group Hammerskins Germany and raided the homes of dozens of its members. The group was an offshoot of an American extremist group and played a prominent role in the far-right scene across Europe.