What neo-Nazis have inherited from original Nazism | DW Documentary

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What resemblance do today’s ethnonationalistic ideologies bear to those which surged during the rise of the Nazis in the Weimar-era? Quite a lot, this documentary shows. Germany’s far-right neo-nazi scene is now bigger than at any time since National Socialism.

History may not repeat itself, but one can still learn from it. The years of the Weimar Republic were scarred by post-war trauma, political extremism, street fighting, hyper-inflation and widespread poverty. But they also saw economic boom, the establishment of a liberal democratic order and a parliamentary party system. Nobody could really imagine that the Nazis would brush aside the achievements of this young democracy just a few years later. But there were signs, warnings even that all was not well.

So how does that resonate today? How do today’s right-wing populist movements and parties achieve their political aims? Which slogans, images and stereotypes played a role then, and which ones are playing a role now?

The film also looks beyond Germany’s borders. How has Europe changed in the last few years and how have far-right movements been able to gain such influence? In the interwar period, democracies across the continent collapsed one after the other like a house of cards. What about today? Riding on the coat-tails of the political party the Alternative for Germany (AfD) the far-right has become a factor in both national and state parliaments, united by nationalist and often racist ideologies directly linked to those of the 1930s. At that time, global economic crisis and mass unemployment drove people straight into the fascists’ arms. So what will happen if crisis strikes now? Are our democracies and their achievements today any more stable than they were in the years before the Second World War?


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This documentary reminds me of a quotation from Mark Twain, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes."

Author — Anthony Starfield


The more they consider themselves be more civilized, the more uncivilized they becomes.

Author — Sukbadai Monghol


Good observations and educated historical comparisons between this new movement and the Nazi: It's striking. It's just too bad this documentary only touched one side of the coin though: What is the reality of life in Germany for people who have been working there their whole life, paying their taxes and contributing to that society? Reconnect politicians with the reality, make people vote on essential topics and such movements will go back to being forgotten

Author — Thomas Rouvinez


I actually didn't know that much about Nazi Ideology or even Esotericism prior to People in the Media trying to Turn me into a Pretext for Violence. What I tended to Study were the Antecedents to Authoritarianism and Extremism with respect to Narratives. That was WHY I was so opposed to, and Remain Strongly Opposed to the Use of my Work and Research by Corporations without my Consent. Because there are VERY PERTINENT CONCERNS regarding Narrative Arguments in relation to Extremist Ideology.

Author — Artivist Joan


4:07 this applies to a lot of things. More people need to realize this. People think we should get over things is why history keeps repeating itself!!

Author — Emma Flores


You can be proud of your ethnic heritage, and still respect people.

Author — Ila Hilda Sissac


Part of the problem also lies, though, in the idea of only two forms of political thought: Left or Right. The Weimar Republic, as with the German Empire that preceded it, was predominantly led by conservatives - which included minority groups such as Jews. Indeed, being German in the early 20th Century was about nationality, or assumed nationality (such as regions that had been under Prussian governance in earlier periods of history). Such was the extent that, in WWI, many Jewish Germans fought with as much dedication to the cause as any "other" ethnicity of German. Individuals such as President von Hindenberg were on what we call the right of politics, but he was heavily opposed to the values and ideals of the Nazi cause. Yet the language of the present age fails to identify the distinction between "conservative" and "far-right". The same applies to the left, especially in America, where "liberal" seems now to be synonymous with "democratic socialist" or "communist", yet the ideologies are as far apart as communism is from fascism. The propaganda of the past and present has been so effective that, now, we fail to distinguish the meaning of words. We therefore accept vague ideas as fact, when in reality, the ideas are far from the truth. It's like the propaganda of the 1930s and 1940s Nazis (and their Communist opponents) has indeed become the standard of the meaning of words, rather than concepts that we should treat with great skepticism and suspicion.

Author — SA25 - SV Redemption


This reminds me of that German film: Look whose back. Its about Adolf hitler suddenly appearing in modern day Germany and slowly gains popularity through perceived comedy then through legitimate followers of the ideology again. The final line of the film, where Adolf says: "I can work with this" really chilled me to the bone.

Author — BlackPantherFTW


I mean when stuff like this is on the rise you often see that the extreme option is the best and only option for those people.
I think the other parties should feel responsible for it and not just keep blaming something else because they ignore points that a growing voting population wants a answer to, because if they started to take people's concerns more seriously and did enough to satisfy their worries then there would be a much smaller portion of people left that still think it's not enough and want more extreme measures.

I don't know how it makes sense to politicians to just shove something under the rug like it's up to them to decide what they won't touch.
Democratic parties should represent the will of the people and use the political power that their voters gave them the best they can to work for what they want, not necessarily what they themselves want.

Author — Daju


I must be the only black guy in the comment section to actually say in order to beat the neon Nazis you got to stick to traditional values in the host country and tell immigrants if they going to come to this country then they must assimilate instead of trying to turn the country into a multi-racial/ multicultural.

Author — Attie Pollard


Its more than knowing about history, its understanding the history, understanding the reasons why it happened, understanding the human behaviors at play, understanding hate. Only then we might prevent it from happening again.

Author — Simon Talbot


As a Pole, I notice a worrying trend of Germans forgiving themselves for the war as something "someone else did."

Author — Veroosh Tarot & Astrology Horoscope


I think that if us europeans were a bit more responsible with the immigration crisis, far right extremism would be alot less frequent

Author — Zacke24rj


I feel like the whole world is in political limbo and when we hit the breaking point we'll see a clash between nations more catastrophic than any conceivable conflicts.

Author — Chomp Chomp


History doesn't repeat its self if we learn from it 🤦‍♀️ history always repeats its self because no one ever learns from it.

Author — Margaret Gallacher


I really hope Germany funds more Art schools in Austria and expands social welfare, especially for artists.

Author — Lmao


Could most of this be fixed by €30, 000/year Basic Income? Give everyone direct deposit, each midnight, x365 for life of about €82. Indexed up with inflation or down with deflation, which is likely coming. The kind of social unrest portrayed in this video is often economic but it's also about people feeling that they aren't respected in their own home country and that their rights aren't respected, that there's no real rule of law. That can be noise complaints, bylaws, employement laws and right and also criminal issues. I don't think it's actually about race or even skin colour in most cases; it's about lawlessness and bad policies and allowing a flood of people in when things are not in good working order in the home country, wherever that happens to be, not just Germany.

Author — Mark Hirstwood


As a Canadian with German, French, and Great Britain heritage if I moved to Spain I wouldn’t consider myself Spanish… that just seems like common sense… however my grandchildren would most likely be culturally Spanish.

Author — Cheif


Very detailed report. Good stuff. I mean not 'good' but necessary and well reported.

Author — AxeMan808


Out of curiosity, in Germany is there a way to be interested in preservation of cultural values with out being a natsee? I see this conflation often and being called a natsee is a pretty good way to portray them unfavorably.

You'd think that people with natsee ideology would embrace such a label, but the rejection of the label could suggest they are indeed against natseeism (it may also be a vail of course as well).

I've just seen too many people in the USA claim that right leaning people are natsees and it's made the significance of the term natsee very dilute.

Author — Pyroon