Germany Bans Group Behind Nazi Summer Camps

'Heimattreue Deutsche Jugend' indoctrinated children with racism, minister says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2009 2:51 PM CDT
Germany Bans Group Behind Nazi Summer Camps
German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble addresses the media about the ban of the far-right youth organization "Heimattreue Deutsche Jugend" in Berlin today.   (AP Photo)

The German government today banned a neo-Nazi youth group it says ran summer camps where children were instructed in racist and National Socialist ideology, Der Spiegel reports. “Heimattreue Deutsche Jugend,” the German Youth Faithful to the Homeland, allegedly included military exercises and “racial science” classes—which discussed ways to “restore blood purity”—in its program at the camps.

“Today’s ban puts a stop to the disgusting activities of the HDJ,” said Wolfgang Schäuble, the interior minister. The HDJ boasts only 400 members across Germany, but was influential due to its public profile and links to the National Democratic Party, a more mainstream far-right group. (Read more German stories.)

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