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(en) Poland, NAUIS RAUS! We're talking not to a neo-Nazi festival! rozbrat.org [machine translation]

Date Tue, 3 Apr 2018 08:38:52 +0300

From 20 to 21 April at the hotel "Neißeblick" in Ostritz (a small Saxon town near the border with Poland in the village of Krzewina) under the slogan "Reconquista Europa" there will be a neo-Nazi festival "Schild & Schwert" (Shield and Sword, abbreviated SS) There are several thousand neo-Nazis from Germany and other European countries, especially Poland and the Czech Republic. Both the date and location of the event are not accidental - April 20 is the date of birth of Adolf Hitler. On the other hand, selecting the organizers from Ostritz was to carry out the entire festival without any major problems or external interference. Their goal is to cut off the city and fill it with thousands of neo-Nazis, which will create something like a temporary protection zone for supporters of national socialism. They assume that a huge number of festival participants will block, or at least significantly reduce all forms of resistance. If they succeed, the neo-Nazi, radically right-wing German party NPD intends to return regularly to Ostritz - the organizer of "Schild & Schwert" Thorsten Heise has already registered another event in this place, which is to take place in October this year.

In order to mobilize as many people as possible during "Schild & Schwert" not only concerts of bands from "Blood & Honor" were organized (among others Lunikoff Verschwörung, Amok, Sons of Odin, C category - neo-Nazi band performing in 2016 at the Orle Gniazdo festival - and Oidoxie - last year's star of the Polish neo-Nazi festival "Night of Terror" in Grodziszcz), but also a martial arts tournament called "Ring der Nibelungen", tattoo convention, publishers' stands and clothing stores (neo-Nazi designs on blouses, T-shirts) will be sold between other, also popular in Poland, the Ansgar Aryan company) and hundreds of liters of beer.

Political declarations and speeches in this case only reveal the role of a fig leaf, thanks to which Shield & Sword is protected by the German constitution. Political speeches are an indispensable element required for a given event to obtain the status of a "political assembly", not an ordinary private event. The legal protection afforded to political assemblies is extensive and brings with it substantial benefits for the organizers who will increase their financial profits. The festival in Ostritz is therefore not only an open celebration of Adolf Hitler and his ideology, but also an event in which the right to assembly is overtly abused to generate funds for (inter-) national neo-Nazi organizations with the blessing of the German legal system.

The date and location of "Schild & Schwert" clearly indicate one more aspect of this event: the celebration of the birth of Adolf Hitler just a few kilometers from the borders of the country, which suffered significantly under the German occupation - Poland. Its organizers glorify the national-socialist ideology, at the same time trivializing or displacing all Nazi crimes committed on Poles and other inhabitants of Central and Eastern Europe. The key is also the fact that Ostritz is located on the border with Lower Silesia, a region that was justly returned to Poles after 1945, and which the organizers of "Shield & Sword" to this day describe as being under the "temporary Polish administration". As noted by Sascha Elser at the initiative of Rechts rockt nicht: "It is obvious that they want to regain this land". Nevertheless, the Polish neo-Nazis who choose to organize their own birthday party for the Führer under the banner of the "Identity Night" are also going to the festival and announce they are officially inviting to Ostritz. They are not even bothered by the fact that the vocalist of one of the neo-Nazi bands Michael Regener (Lunikoff Verschwörung) at the Shield & Sword, repeatedly condemned in Germany for spreading hatred, was famous in this environment with the band "Polacken Tango" years ago. One can hear in it how Regener states: Sword of "neo-Nazi bands Michael Regener (Lunikoff Verschwörung), repeatedly condemned in Germany for spreading hatred, years ago, became famous in this environment with the band" Polacken Tango ". One can hear in it how Regener states: Sword of "neo-Nazi bands Michael Regener (Lunikoff Verschwörung), repeatedly condemned in Germany for spreading hatred, years ago, became famous in this environment with the band" Polacken Tango ". One can hear in it how Regener states:

"Polish rogues scream white power! How I hate this shitty nation. Since when do Poles belong to the Aryan race? "

As you can see Polish nationalists, this does not bother you at all. What's more, they plan not only to come to the event, but also to help the Germans in his organization, provide accommodation on the Polish side, etc. On the official website of the Shield & Sword festival you can read the news that it is worth coming by train to Krzewina and go to the festival on foot, and earlier on the Polish side to do cheap shopping.

It is not only Polish neo-Nazis who support the organization "Shield & Sword". The festival will take place under the watchful eye of the German and Polish police, which has already cooperated to adequately secure this "political gathering" and prevent riots, which in practice means that it will protect fascists and ensure that nothing disturbs their events .

Sascha Elsner, explaining the point of view of the "Rechts rockt nicht" initiative, remarks: "In our opinion, the Ostritz festival is an opportunity to strengthen the cooperation of German neo-Nazis and develop their relationships with representatives of the neo-Nazi scene from Poland and the Czech Republic. In addition, they use the celebration of the birth of Adolf Hitler to raise funds for their organizations, all under the watchful eye of the German and Polish police who will protect the event. If in fact neo-Nazis can gather and celebrate Hitler's birthday without any obstacles, it is a sign that something is wrong with our law and society. "

We will not passively observe the Nazis from all over Germany and Europe gathering on the border to celebrate the Führer's birthday. For us, the path of dialogue ends where there is national socialism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, racism and misogyny. We will support the residents of Ostritz and we will jointly oppose the neo-Nazis!

On April 21, let's all go to Krzewina and demonstrate against neo-Nazism!

Let's organize ourselves, help ourselves in getting there, let's be there together! Let's organize a colorful festival of tolerance, respect and solidarity on the border! Together with our friends from Germany and the Czech Republic, send a clear signal: We are here! We will not let the Nazis celebrate! We will not let them "conquer" Europe. They will not even conquer a small Ostritz! They are not welcome and will not enjoy themselves here!


The "Rechts rockt nicht" initiative is a network of organizations and people active in the Görlitz-Zittau region, as well as in the East German countries of Saxony, Brandenburg and Berlin.

NPD: National Democratic Party of Germany, extreme right-wing political party in Germany; after the German national name, Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands.

Nibelungen: the name of the mythological Germanic-Norse royal family. The myths developed by R. Wagner as an opera constitute the central cultural element of German nationalism. This opera was also Hitler's favorite art.

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