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  • 1. 14 February 2009, Dresden The GEH DENKEN alliance... ... against the largest gathering of theEuropean right-wing extremist movement
  • 2. 1. The victim myth of Dresden2. The neonazi marches3. The GEH DENKEN alliance
  • 3. Dresden – Platform for the largest yearly neonazi demonstration On 14 February 2009, 7.500 neo-nazis from all over Germany and Europe participated in the largest neo- nazi demonstration in the post-war history.8000 75007000 HALBE: Remembrance of honour 6000 5700 60006000 5000 WUNSIEDEL: Rudolf Hess march5000 BUDAPEST: Day of Honour40003000 2700 DRESDEN: Mourning march2000 JENA: Festival of the People1000 0 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
  • 4. “Bombing Holocaust“ - The victim myth13/14 February 1945:Dresden was bombed by the Allies, 25.000 people were killed,the city centre completely destroyed.Nazi propaganda:begin of the “myth of Dresden”: Dresden as an innocent victimof “anglo-american air gangsters“GDR ideology:anti-imperialistic GDR followsthe myth idea: Dresdenperceived as “senselesslydestroyed“ city1990s:Neonazis adopted the mythto relativise the nazi crimes:“German Hiroshima“,“bombing holocaust“ “Bombing Holocaust never again!” NPD Saxony
  • 5. Silent commemoration?! The city`s official remembrance concept lacks a clear stand against right-wing extremism and allows RWEs to take over places and topics of remembrance. A group of Neonazis at the “silent remembrance“ on the Heide cemetery, February 2008Wreath of the extreme right NPD covers wreath of the CentralConsistory of Jews in Germany, February 2009
  • 6. Neonazi march, 14 February 2009The largest post-war neonazi demonstration
  • 7. Neonazi march, 14 February 2009 Revisionism„250.000 Germans died in the hell ofDresden. Where is their memorial?“NPD Wunsiedel „Yesterday Dresden – today Gaza. Bring the murderers to justice!“ NPD Dresden
  • 8. Neonazi march, 14 February 2009 International participation
  • 9. Neonazi march, 14 February 2009 International participationMany international delegations participated in last yearsmarches, including members of the “European National Front“. Great Britain: British National Party Belgium: Groen Rechts Italy: Veneto Fronte Skinheads Czechia: Národní odpor Slovakia: Slovenská pospolitost Spain: Alianca Nacional Bulgaria: Gvardia Greece: Golden Dawn Portugal: Frente Nacional Hungary: Vérés Becsület Kulturális Egyesület
  • 10. GEH DENKEN Call for action GEH DENKEN – Go and think! A clear STOP to right-wing extremism 14 February 2009 Dresden Let’s stop the biggest nazi march of Europe – peacefully and determined! All over Germany and Europe, we appeal to stop the right- wing extremists peacefully and determined in Dresden. We call for demonstrations and rallies on 14th February 2009.More info:www.geh-denken.deorga@geh-denken.de
  • 11. GEH DENKEN Alliance & preparatory groupCivil society organisations: Democratic parties:Amadeu Antonio Foundation, Social Democratic Party ofAction Reconciliation Service for Germany Dresden, The LeftPeace, Campaign Loud against Dresden, Green Party DresdenNazis, Kulturbüro Sachsen,RAA Sachsen Church / JewishTrade union: community:German Federation Superintendentof Trade Unions Dresden-centre,Dresden Jewish Community Dresden Supporters: - more than 200 prominent initial signatories of the call for action - all in all 1.000 signers during the campaign - international support: UNITED, YHRM
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  • 18. GEH DENKEN Evaluation+ impressive signal against right-wing extremism+ 10.000 counter- demonstrators+ neonazis had to change their marching route + wide support of the call for action + successful coverage in local, national and international media
  • 19. GEH DENKEN Evaluation - biggest nazi march since 1945 (7.500 participants) - city mayor, CDU, Lutheran Church of Saxony refused to take part in GEH DENKEN- peaceful protest along the nazi route was suppressed- de-escalation strategy of police failed: no adequate protection of / rigid action against GEH DENKEN demonstrators- at least five serious neonazi attacks
  • 20. See you at GEH DENKEN 2010! www.geh-denken.de www.kulturbuero-sachsen.de