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14 February 2009, Dresden


    The GEH DENKEN alliance...




 ... against the largest gathering of the
European right-wi...
1. The victim myth of Dresden




2. The neonazi marches




3. The GEH DENKEN alliance
Dresden – Platform for the largest yearly
          neonazi demonstration


  On 14 February 2009, 7.500 neo-nazis from al...
“Bombing Holocaust“ - The victim myth

13/14 February 1945:
Dresden was bombed by the Allies, 25.000 people were killed,
t...
Silent commemoration?!
 The city`s official remembrance concept lacks a clear
 stand against right-wing extremism and allo...
Neonazi march, 14 February 2009
The largest post-war neonazi demonstration
Neonazi march, 14 February 2009
                            Revisionism




„250.000 Germans died in the hell of
Dresden. ...
Neonazi march, 14 February 2009
    International participation
Neonazi march, 14 February 2009
                International participation
Many international delegations participated in...
GEH DENKEN
                      Call for action


                                 GEH DENKEN – Go and think!
           ...
GEH DENKEN
               Alliance & preparatory group

Civil society organisations:               Democratic parties:
Ama...
GEH DENKEN
Counteractions
GEH DENKEN
Counteractions
GEH DENKEN
Counteractions
GEH DENKEN
Counteractions
GEH DENKEN
Counteractions
GEH DENKEN
Counteractions
GEH DENKEN
                     Evaluation


+ impressive signal against
 right-wing extremism
+ 10.000 counter-
 demonstr...
GEH DENKEN
                       Evaluation

                          - biggest nazi march since 1945
                  ...
See you at GEH DENKEN 2010!
      www.geh-denken.de
   www.kulturbuero-sachsen.de
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  1. 1. 14 February 2009, Dresden The GEH DENKEN alliance... ... against the largest gathering of the European right-wing extremist movement
  2. 2. 1. The victim myth of Dresden 2. The neonazi marches 3. The GEH DENKEN alliance
  3. 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 7500 7000 HALBE: Remembrance of honour 6000 5700 6000 6000 5000 WUNSIEDEL: Rudolf Hess march 5000 BUDAPEST: Day of Honour 4000 3000 2700 DRESDEN: Mourning march 2000 JENA: Festival of the People 1000 0 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
  4. 4. “Bombing Holocaust“ - The victim myth 13/14 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 victim of “anglo-american air gangsters“ GDR ideology: anti-imperialistic GDR follows the myth idea: Dresden perceived as “senselessly destroyed“ city 1990s: Neonazis adopted the myth to relativise the nazi crimes: “German Hiroshima“, “bombing holocaust“ “Bombing Holocaust never again!” NPD Saxony
  5. 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 2008 Wreath of the extreme right NPD covers wreath of the Central Consistory of Jews in Germany, February 2009
  6. 6. Neonazi march, 14 February 2009 The largest post-war neonazi demonstration
  7. 7. Neonazi march, 14 February 2009 Revisionism „250.000 Germans died in the hell of Dresden. Where is their memorial?“ NPD Wunsiedel „Yesterday Dresden – today Gaza. Bring the murderers to justice!“ NPD Dresden
  8. 8. Neonazi march, 14 February 2009 International participation
  9. 9. Neonazi march, 14 February 2009 International participation Many international delegations participated in last years marches, 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. 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.de orga@geh-denken.de
  11. 11. GEH DENKEN Alliance & preparatory group Civil society organisations: Democratic parties: Amadeu Antonio Foundation, Social Democratic Party of Action Reconciliation Service for Germany Dresden, The Left Peace, Campaign Loud against Dresden, Green Party Dresden Nazis, Kulturbüro Sachsen, RAA Sachsen Church / Jewish Trade union: community: German Federation Superintendent of 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
  12. 12. GEH DENKEN Counteractions
  13. 13. GEH DENKEN Counteractions
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  15. 15. GEH DENKEN Counteractions
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  18. 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. 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. 20. See you at GEH DENKEN 2010! www.geh-denken.de www.kulturbuero-sachsen.de

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