Tag Archives: nazis

John Riceburg on Russia Today

26 Jun

John Riceburg speaking on Russia Today about Nazi hipsters.



They’ve arrived! The Nazi Hipsters!

27 Jan


What do you see in this picture? An ironic tote bag, piercings, stretched earlobes, unruly beards, orange sunglasses, starred Converses – nothing that would stand out around Neukölln. The scene might be worth a groan but not a whole blog entry, right?

But this wasn’t Neukölln. This picture was taken in Magdeburg on January 21 at a demonstration of 700 Nazis to commemorate the allied bombing of the city in 1945. It gives a whole new meaning to the tote: “Please don’t shove, I have a yoghurt in my bag.“ Shoving was on the cards because 1500 antifascists were trying to block the Beutel-carrying fascists’ route through the city.

“I was a Nazi before it was cool.” Social media is buzzing with speculation about what these Nazi hipsters think. “I was into Hitler back when he was ranting in basement bars in front of 30 people. Now he’s gotten too mainstream. But I have some of his early speeches on vinyl.” Or maybe they’ll complain that the Nazi bar Zum Henker is “full of [right-wing] tourists these days. Did you hear about that new Nazi café that opened in Treptow?”

Then again, Nazis have never been above borrowing from youth subcultures. The original skinheads in London weren’t Nazis at all – they were working class youth who listened to music from Jamaica and wore clothes with the logo of a Jewish tennis player. Not exactly a natural fit to white supremacism… but nonetheless, fascists were able to appropriate many elements of skinhead culture.

Over time there have been autonomist Nazis, hip hop Nazis, eco-Nazis… and let’s not forget the whole movement started with rampant plagiary of the 20th century’s most influential subculture: communism. That’s why Hitler gave his movement red flags, a “socialist” name and militant demonstrations. So maybe it was only a matter of time before Hipster Hitler would escape from comics into reality. What’s next? #FascismWeek?

Then again, what if these are just normal, non-Nazi hipsters who are joining Nazi demonstrations as some kind of art project? Just get some friends together, make ironic comments about the Nazis’ clothing and take lots of pictures for Instagram. Is all this fodder for a new Nazi Safari meme? It’s really the only option now that guerrilla knitting is out of style.

Source: http://www.exberliner.com/blogs/the-blog/theyve-arrived-the-nazi-hipsters/

Picture: Jesko Wrede

Frat boys gone ‘right’

6 Feb

Law students at the Free University of Berlin were receiving their diplomas at a ceremony on October 26. Among the attendees were four young men in militaristic uniforms. With their orange caps and black jackets, they looked like cadets, but in fact they belonged to one of Germany’s old-fashioned, right-wing student associations, or Burschenschaften – leftover “men’s clubs” in today’s Berlin.

Their presence at the ceremony caused a scandal. A student protested into the microphone – he couldn’t accept people from an “association that still requires an Aryan certificate!” Later, the head of the university wrote that the society’s uniforms should not be tolerated anywhere on campus.

Neo-Nazi sects? Not exactly. But these German “fraternities”, started as liberal patriotic collectives in the early 19th century, are much more problematic than their American counterparts.

“Burschenschaften have always been nationalistic, anti-French and anti-Semitic,” says Timo Meier, the anti-fascist officer of the student government of the Free University. “They are elitist and sexist, and many of them are right-wing extremists.”

Meier has demanded the dissolution of all Burschenschaften. “About 300 people protested against the national meeting of the Burschenschaften in Eisenach this summer,” he explains. The student government published a free pamphlet attacking the right-wing associations.

There are only half a dozen Burschenschaften in Berlin – none of whom agreed to a visit from Exberliner – but their networks are influential. Besides the students who live at the house (called the “Aktivias”), there are also the former students (“Alt-Herren”) who pay for everything.

These “old men” include Bild editor Kai Diekmann, federal transportation minister Peter Ramsauer and Berlin’s Minister of Social Affairs, Michael Büge from the conservative party CDU. Büge is a member of “Gothia”, the same group that caused the scandal at the Free University, The social democratic youth have called on him to resign, and he is considering giving up his Burschenschaft membership.

At the moment, the national association Deutsche Burschenschaft (DB) is on the verge of splitting, with a more liberal wing objecting to the majority’s refusal to distance themselves from fascists. “In the last two years,
they have gotten back in the news” because many refuse to accept
 non-Germans as members, Meier
 explained, and “today they have less 
than 10,000 members”.

Besides their political positions, they 
are also kind of strange. Their uniforms 
include colourful sashes and sometimes
 sabers, and many require that their
 members practice fencing, including
 getting a scar called a “Mensur” on the 
cheek. If you are looking for a room in
 a fancy old house with cheap rent, most
 Berlin Burschenschaften advertise they accept applications. But if you’re not German, don’t get your hopes up. JR

Source: http://www.exberliner.com/articles/no-girls-allowed/page-2.html