Following new complaints about the glorification of Nazism in German magazine Der Landser, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has reiterated its concerns about several publications of the Bauer Media Group.
In February 2013, ADL raised concerns about several of Bauer’s publications in a letter to the German government. Referring to the magazines Militär & Geschichte, Geschichte & Wissen, and Der Landser, the Jewish organization noted their depictions of Gestapo founder and Hitler deputy Hermann Göring, Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl, and other figures and groups inseparably associated with the Nazi war machine.
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“The Bauer Media Group’s publications may be within the letter of German law, but they may also be seen as legitimizing the Nazi regime,” said ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman, a Holocaust survivor. “The issue of free speech is complex, but any glorification of the Nazi regime is simply unacceptable.”
In its February letter, ADL asked for an explanation of why the magazines had not been the subject of prosecution under German law against the propagation of Nazism.
In response, the German government wrote: “The content of those publications is repulsive, (and) combating anti-democratic extremism has always been the highest priority of the German government.”
After citing the relevant law against Nazi propaganda, the letter indicated that the German constitution protects the freedom of the press and free speech and that the government and relevant authorities are monitoring and assessing the impact.
“We welcome the commitment of the German government to maintain a vigilant eye on these publications and to take action if they cross the line,” Foxman said.