Leaked e-mails embarrass German far-right party
Thousands of leaked private e-mails have embarrassed the German far-right National Democratic Party (NPD). The data, which were leaked to several German media organizations, reveal some of the inner workings of the xenophobic, nationalist fringe party.
One example of the prevalence of neo-Nazi ideology among party members was revealed in their use of the code “88” - popular among neo-Nazis as an abbreviation of the Nazi-era slogan “Heil Hitler.” “H” is the eighth letter of the alphabet and “88” is taken to stand for “HH.”
The e-mails also reveal extensive infighting around the recent merger of the NPD with the like-minded German People’s Union (DVU).
The leaked correspondence, made up of some 60,000 e-mails, reveals a strong adherence to neo-Nazi ideology and betrays the party’s attempts to present itself as a more moderate political group on the right wooing voters disgruntled with the country’s main conservative Christian Democrats.