Yes, this is what you think it is. Just a sampling of the contraband that several German state police forces seized in a series of recent raids:
On Wednesday morning, there were several raids on suspicion of a criminal organization with the name “National Socialist Knights of the Ku-Klux-Klan Deutschland”. This according to a press release from the state prosecutor’s office of Stuttgart.
Agents of the state police of Baden-Württemberg later searched twelve residences in Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Hamburg, Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen. Among the residents, 17 persons between the ages of 17 and 59 are suspected of being members of the organization.
According to the press release, 200 police officers were involved in the operation. The agents came onto the trail of the group through the evaluation of chat protocols on a confiscated mobile phone.
The agents also confiscated over 100 weapons, including blank pistols, numerous swords and machetes, daggers, butterfly knives, throwing stars, and telescoping batons.
The agents also found certificates, membership and contribution lists, T-shirts and symbols of the group, electronic storage devices, computers and mobile phones. The confiscated documents must now be evaluated. So far, nothing is known about arrests or imprisonment orders.
For those surprised to hear that a US-based racist group could branch out across the ocean and band together with German Nazis, don’t be. The ugly truth is that the original KKK, founded in 1865, broken up in 1882 on grounds of unconstitutionality only to be reconstituted a few years later, and at its peak in the 1920s, was Hitler’s greatest inspiration. It “helped” him to distill his racist and genocidal impulses into the vile manifesto that was Mein Kampf. So it’s hardly surprising that the snake has bitten its tail in this manner. But at least in Germany, this kind of political organization is highly illegal.
I only wonder when the police will finally raid the AFD, which is clearly going the same way and probably has underground ties to these thugs already.