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  Eco-Movement Infiltrated By Right-Wing Extremists in Germany
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Last EditedJason  May 05, 2012 09:12pm
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News DateMonday, April 30, 2012 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionGerman far-right extremists are using the ecological movement, long associated with “cuddly, left-leaning greens,” to win over a new generation of supporters. An environmental magazine, Umwelt und Activ (Environment and Active) is even thought to be a “camouflage publication” for the far-right National Democratic party (NPD), says the Guardian.

Gudrun Heinrich of the University of Rostock has written a study about “brown ecologists,” a reference to the Nazi brown shirts (so-called from the color of their uniforms) and their modern-day adherents. Two German publications, Der Spiegel and the Süddeutsche Zeitung have recently published articles about the “organic brown fellowship” (“Braune Bio-Kameradschaft”) and the “infiltration [Unterwanderung] of organic farming by the far right.”

Political scientists say that the far-right is seeking to take the ecological movement back from the left and, in particular, from the Green party, which became politically prominent in the 1980s. As the Süddeutsche Zeitung points out, even while the Nazi party was killing thousands in concentration camps, it was also promoting animal rights and the conservation movement. SS leader Heinrich Himmler was a member of the Artaman League, an agrarian movement founded in 1923 and dedicated to “blood and soil” ruralism; it was influenced by the ideas of Willibald Hentschel, who sought to renew racial purity through selective breeding and polygamy. As the Süddeutsche Zeitung notes, “Nature has never been reserved for the Greens.”
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