Lithuania, April 30. In a hotel in Rukla a party with rivers of alcohol is in progress among the German soldiers. The military – taking part in the operation “Enhanced Forward Presence“For the defense of the eastern flank of the Then after the annexation of Crimea by Moscow – they let themselves go to anti-Semitic choirs e neo-Nazis, as well as bizarre sexual games between fellow soldiers. It’s not just one episode: they sing one serenade for the birthday of Hitler, there are insults from superiors to subordinates who are addressed as “Jews e traitors“. 569 rounds are missing. The party ends in a complaint dated June 8 and now Berlin has decided to withdraw an entire infantry group supporting the armored vehicles, approx 30 people, calling them back to Munster. For the soldiers, criminal consequences are on the horizon, as well as immediate resignations.
For the Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer “the undignified conduct of some soldiers in Lithuania is a slap in the face of all the soldiers who serve day by day for the security of the country ”. Ursula von der Leyen, who preceded her in the same role before becoming president of the European Commission, had had to face the persistence of a culture linked to the exaltation of the past within the army. During his tenure, collections of memorabilia were seized National Socialists, reduced the collections of traditional songs of the armed forces and renamed several barracks. The crackdown was caused by the lieutenant’s arrest Franco Albrecht, who is now on trial a Frankfurt: he pretended to be a Syrian refugee with the intent of committing an attack and dropping the responsibility on asylum seekers.
The same elite emergency response forces of the army, the KSK, risked dissolution for the systematic theft of ammunition, the granting of contracts to former comrades without compliance with the procedures and indulgences for ideas of extreme right. Markus Kreitmayr, for granting an unconditional amnesty to the soldiers after the return of 46 thousand ammunition about and two stolen hand grenades, he was replaced by the artillery colonel Georg Klein, which has distinguished itself in Afghanistan. Even before the recovery of weapons, thousands of ammunition and explosives buried in the property of the 46-year-old lieutenant colonel of the KSK Philipp Sch. -then expelled and sentenced in Leipzig to two years on probation- had however determined the dismantling of the second company of the Special Forces Command. He had also been found in possession of postcards, stickers and magazines with motifs inspired by the Terzo Empire, booklets with lyrics of SS songs, and many T-shirts of the brand Thor Steinar, favorite of neo-Nazi groups.
Already another former KSK soldier, André Schmitt, codenamed Hannibal, was convicted of illegal possession of weapons and explosives; he was among the promoters of the Uniter e. V. ended up in the crosshairs of the national security services of the Constitutional Protection for activities in the field of paramilitary training. Uniter, which had to move its headquarters to Switzerlandrecently filed an appeal with the Cologne Administrative Court. Franco Albrecht also had a Uniter emblem.
There were also problems among the police forces: threatening letters with the initials NSU 2.0 with data taken from computers in the first district of Frankfurt (after three years for 115 intimidations of 32 people and 60 institutions, however, a 53-year-old offender from Berlin was arrested); anti-Semitic and racist chats among some fifty officers on duty which led to the dissolution of the Frankfurt police emergency response team; even sympathetic policemen Reich Citizen, the movement that rejects the legitimacy of the state.