June 27, 1993 |
They gathered at a sports hall in this tidy corner of Germany--ordinary citizens, waiting for their leader's word to revive their spirits. They weren't disappointed. At 70, Franz Schoenhuber may be past his prime, but the former Waffen SS sergeant basked in the moment that seemed as important for him as for the faithful of the right-wing Republikaner Party he has led for the last eight years.
November 28, 1989 |
Franz Schoenhuber, leader of the far-right Republican Party, declared Monday that the two Germanys should be reunited with Berlin as the capital. Schoenhuber outlined for the press the program that his party will take into the campaign for the general election a year or more away. "Our party's No. 1 priority is to unify Germany, step by step," he said. "To us Republicans, Berlin will again be the legitimate capital of Germany."
December 16, 1989 |
The far-right Republicans party of West Germany is exploiting the sensitive issue of German reunification in a way that has the centrist parties worried. The Republicans' latest move, under the direction of former SS Sgt. Franz Schoenhuber, is the announcement of the formation of an East German wing of the party, to put up candidates in the free elections scheduled for May 6.
January 15, 1990 |
West Germany's far-right Republicans party ended a two-day convention Sunday by adopting a national platform calling for immediate reunification of the two Germanys with Berlin as the capital. Most of the 1,100 delegates at the meeting in the southern Bavarian city of Rosenheim raised their hands agreeing with the main proposal: the "re-establishment of Germany with Berlin as its legitimate capital." Later, the delegates chanted, "Germany, united fatherland!"
September 10, 1989
The article about Germany's lingering war scars on the 50th anniversary of Hitler's invasion of Poland ("Horrors of the Hitler Era Still Haunting Germany," Aug. 28) alludes to a dangerous political movement now gathering strength in some of today's industrialized democracies. It is the attempt by influential right-wing extremists in various governments who want to shed feelings of national guilt over past wartime atrocities. If these attempts at assuaging national guilt are being made for political gain, it is an ominous sign that seeds are now being sown for a possible resurgence of political militarism in the 1990s.
March 19, 1990 |
The far-right Republicans party suffered a sharp defeat in local elections in the conservative stronghold of Bavaria on Sunday. While most West German attention was focused on the East German elections, voters in Bavaria elected council members and mayors in the southern state. Though late Sunday returns were not final, projections showed that the nationalistic Republicans were polling only around 5% of the vote.