Report: Far-right Reichsbürger movement is growing, building army

Germany’s most idiosyncratic far-right movement has increased its membership by about 56 percent in a single year, local media reported on Friday. The Reichsbürger group is also trying to build an army and preparing for a “day of reckoning,” according to news magazine Focus.

Reichsbürger is used as a label for a loosely connected group of Germans who believe that the 1871 borders of the German empire are still in effect and that all of the country’s governments since (and including) the Nazis have been illegitimate, many also subscribe to anti-Semitic ideologies.

They believe that the current Federal Republic of Germany is a puppet government controlled by the Allied powers of World War II.

Weimar redux?

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  • This is the predictable reaction to the Merkle betrayal. You can only victimize Germans (or anyone) so much before they begin to fight back. It’s not going to be pretty

    • I agree, it is inevitable that people will fight back as seen with Pegida. Mind you DW is a state propaganda organ, a Merkel mouthpiece really, they may have motive to overstate the rise of this group in order to facilitate a crack down on all things deemed “far right”.

  • Dana Garcia

    ANY borders for Germany would be an improvement.

  • Millie_Woods

    There’s a couple of guys kissing in the background.

  • WildWelshWoman

    A resurgence of the Crusades?

  • andycanuck

    Mmm. Reichsburger.