NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 27, 1977
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(Studio) Since end of World War II, West Germany has become leading democrat, with greater guarantees for civil liberties than found in most ntns. Yet it has troubles from leftist terrorists and concern with regard to right-wing groups. Former Chancellor Willy Brandt has warned of rise of neo-Nazism in country
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Bavaria, West Germany) Report on signs of neo-Nazism and groups fostering such movement in West Germany. Federation of Youth for the Fatherland, German People's Union, founded by Munich newspaper publisher Dr. Gerhard Frey, Hoffman's Mil. Sport Club are rightwing orgs. some say are part of neo-Naziism in West Germany. Details with regard to military club noted; most members are from south Germany, in Bavaria, where Nazism began over 50 years ago. Leader of club says it's innocuous organization [Group leader Karl-Heinz HOFFMAN - cites 1st purpose of group is fitness and also to be comrades together. Asks what reporter means with regard to military purpose of group. Says group not practicing for emergency. Asks why group shouldn't do this in military form; notes some prefer football, they prefer this.] Most government officials don't take Hoffman's group too seriously, but when added to other rightist groups and recent events, many become concerned. Movie on Hitler is one source of concern; many consider it glossing over darker side of his career. Other recent incidents of concern to many are serialization of diaries of Hitler's wartime propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and escape of Gestapo CoI. Herbert Kappler from Italian prison. Recent government report says danger from right decrs. Prof. Ossip Flechtheim is Jewish and one of Germany's foremost political scientists; he says it's not just matter of numbers [FLECHTHEIM - says actual numbers of organized Nazis may not be many, but he sees indirect infiltration in groupings among young people and in entering of such ideas and attitudes into larger political ptys.] Right's greatest threat now seems to be ability to provoke left into creating incidents. Yet there remains uncertainty with regard to effect of right-wing rallies on children taking part and what those children will do with learning in future.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs