How are skinheads doing in prison?

Hatred and swastikas - Nazi baiting out of jail

from report: Thomas Berndt and Anton Mägerle

Introduction

PATRICIA SCHLESINGER:

Good evening. Have you seen the flowers, the flowers in front of the right-wing radical's house, in front of the door of the man who killed three policemen and seriously injured one officer last week? This killer obviously has supporters, friends, even suitors. He was a member of various brown groups, and after judging himself, he is now stylized from a cowardly murderer to a noble martyr. Other neo-Nazis who have seriously injured or murdered police officers, foreigners or the disabled and who are now in prison for that reason, are gaining their fame out of jail - largely unmolested by the police and public prosecutor's office. For the neo-Nazis outside, the imprisoned violent criminals are the real heroes of the right-wing movement, just like the great role model Adolf Hitler, who wrote his combat pamphlets in prison.

Thomas Berndt and Anton Mägerle on right-wing extremists and their new idols.

COMMENT:

Adoration for a right-wing extremist murderer. Flowers in front of Michael Berger's house. In cold blood he shot these three policemen last week. The crime scene was later desecrated by right-wing extremists and hate slogans were written on a wall. Before they could be removed, it read: "Fucking cops, they should all die in miserable conditions." Berger was an avowed right-wing extremist. Since newspapers published this photo, he has become a hero of the right-wing extremist scene.

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WILFRIED ALBISHAUSEN:

(Federation of German detective officers, BdK)

"I think it's a scandal that such a perpetrator is now possibly hyped up to a martyr or a hero from this scene. But I also believe that this is a completely new dimension, a completely new quality of brutality and cynicism in this area is. "

COMMENT:

Another police murderer stands for the brown terror: Kay Diesner. He enjoys hero status among many in the right-wing extremist scene, and his name appears regularly in the official NPD newspaper.

Kay Diesner is in Lübeck prison, for life for murder. In February 97 he fired a pump gun at police officers without warning - during a normal traffic control.

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HARTWIG MÖLLER:

(Protection of the Constitution NRW)

"If this person is also recognized as a political prisoner, as a political martyr, and not just as a common murderer of the police, then we have introduced a new moral category here."

COMMENT:

Especially since the police murderer Kay Diesner is busy agitating in his cell. Bad propaganda, which is printed regularly and unhindered, in Nazi papers like the "Hamburger Sturm". "Hail comrades, hatred and death of the Jews FRG, always loyal to Kay Diesner." And that with all regularity.

The contact between the right-wing extremist activists and the violent criminals in jail is organized according to general staff. The aid organization for national prisoners, HNG, looks after the inmates and smuggles their war pamphlets out of jail. The texts and so-called prisoner lists are published in a separate newspaper.

0-TonHARTWIG MÖLLER: "The HNG is a reservoir for neo-Nazis of all shades, and it is one of the few nationwide links in the scene."

COMMENT:

A meeting of these troops near Mainz. Militant skins and old Nazis at the annual birthday party for Adolf Hitler. The HNG has been headed by Ursula Müller for decades, just recently convicted of sedition. She organized the contacts in jail.

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HARWIG MÖLLER:

"I cannot rule out that the knowledge about political support in a prison, the knowledge about a certain cult status, which one can achieve by being mentioned in these publications, could possibly lower the inhibition threshold for violence in the right-wing scene."

COMMENT:

The prison in Spremberg, Brandenburg. These two skins are also convicted of assault. However, they feel like political prisoners. Patrik, the skin with glasses, beat a left man to hospital - two and a half years in prison. Ronny seriously injured a Turk by kicking him with his combat boots. Here in jail, the two are a force. Almost thirty percent of the prisoners belong to the right-wing spectrum.

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BERNHARD GAUDIAN:

(Social therapist JVA Spremberg)

"I think the right-wing extremists who are here in the institution are also well organized, and you know each other from outside, you know who was in the NPD or in other organizations that are now splintered."

COMMENT:

In the Spremberg prison, Nazi propaganda apparently goes in and out without any problems, right-wing extremist newspapers, music and so on. These two skins also know that Nazi material is circulating here in jail. Of course, they don't want to talk about it in front of the camera, especially not about skin newspapers, so-called zines.

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SKIN:

"..... I have no access to it at all, no."

INTERVIEWER:

"But you can already tell that things are published there regularly?"

SKIN:

"Of course, but not only in Spremberg, in other institutions for the most part."

COMMENT:

One of these skin newspapers, "Blood and Honor," goes to jail without any problems. And more: inmates even write regularly for the paper, incite the brown scene outside. "Hail comrades," writes one prisoner, "the latest edition has reached us without any problems from the state servants." And in another skin sheet, a prisoner from Brandenburg reports that he regularly writes and draws for the Nazi magazines "Freyer" and "United Skins". In addition, he wears T-shirts in jail with the words "Skinheads, nobody can get us down". The mail is only checked randomly in the youth penitentiary and almost never read anyway. Overworked officials, helpless judiciary.

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HEIKE SCHURIG:

(Head of JVA Spremberg)

"We cannot prevent it. And we are also observing that attempts are being made to develop and strengthen comradeships here, especially in youth prisons. And also internal and external contacts."

COMMENT:

This also applies to Hameln in Lower Saxony. Propaganda is eagerly produced here in jail. The admiration of Rudolf Hess or the glorification of the militant Nazi scene - everything can be read in a separate prison newspaper, the Nazi postil "Reaction 88". Subline: Words that go through walls and no one can stop them. The newspaper is produced in prison, according to the company in the so-called "Hamelin system prison". This is no secret among inmates.

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SKIN:

"He writes on a certain subject area, and, as I said, somehow you have people put together where the pages are then copied. The thing is done."

COMMENT:

After the PANORAMA research, the Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice has now reacted and announced stricter controls.

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MICHAEL BUCKUP:

(Ministry of Justice Lower Saxony)

"Something like that must simply not happen, and there must be no room, especially not in a juvenile institution as in an adult penal institution, that something like this is published at all. Because such an institution simply must not get a reputation, so one To be a hub for right-wing extremist ideas or a training center, where prisoners are then influenced too, so that they can then be used wonderfully for the right-wing extremist scene. "

COMMENT:

This prisoner - let's call him Frank - also beat up a foreigner, and there was also sedition. In a few weeks he will be released and, as he says himself, return to the scene on the right and feel like a hero.

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SKIN:

"One would say so. Well, as I said, that is what makes you stand up despite your imprisonment, despite pressure and everything."

INTERVIEWER:

"One skin has remained."

SKIN:

"Above all else, skinhead has remained."

Moderation

PATRICIA SCHLESINGER:

Rehabilitation and reintegration into society are therefore not to be expected, at least not in prison.