“Grandpa was Sturmführer of the SS – his grandson will be Sturmführer of the SS”, went a chorus typical of Berlin’s neo-Nazi rock group, Landser, whose rather nauseating songs recommended the murder of Jews, blacks, “Polaks”, “gooks” and communists. In 2005, the group was classified as a “criminal organisation” and banned by the German federal court, its front man Michael Regener earning himself 40 months in prison for Volksverhetzung[1] and “distributing extreme rightwing propaganda”. Like most jailbirds, he came out a hardened rather than rehabilitated man. Continuing his music career with combos such as Die Lunikoff Verschwörung, Regener now wraps his messages in more skilfully law-dodging rhymes. What’s more, he is always a welcome guest at events of the far-right National Democratic Party, which has extended a paternal helping hand to this “martyr of the national resistance”. Regener’s performances are sure to attract an additional bloc of bikers and skinheads to the organisation’s rallies, adding some much needed spice to the otherwise stern atmosphere of petty bourgeois outrage.

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Photo: 2011   “Grandpa was Sturmführer of the SS – his grandson will be Sturmführer of the SS”, went a chorus typical of Berlin’s neo-Nazi rock group, Landser, whose rather nauseating songs recommended the murder…

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