The German government on Wednesday outlawed a far-right racist group known for its indoctrination of childrenwhile the police searched dozens of its members' homes and other buildings at dawn.
The Interior Ministry outlawed the Artgemeinschaft group, an anti-democratic association with around 150 members, according to a statement. All of its spin-off organizations, such as Gefaehrtschaften, Gilden, Freundeskreise, and Familienwerk eV, were also banned, according to the ministry.
“We prohibit a sectarian, deeply racist and anti-Semitic association,” indicated the Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeser.
“This is another hard blow to right-wing extremism and (those) who continue to spread Nazi ideology today,” he said. The organization was trying to indoctrinate children and young people with its anti-democratic ideology, he added.
The Artgemeinschaft expanded its Nazi worldview under the guise of a Germanic pseudo-religious belief. in gods, the ministry noted.
“The group's central objective was to preserve and promote its 'species,' which can be equated with the term 'race' of national socialism," the statement explained.
In addition to the ideology of racial doctrine, the symbolism, messages and The group's activities showed more parallels with Nazi ideology.
The group gave instructions to its members on how to choose a “suitable spouse” within the “human species” of central and northern Europe to transmit the “correct” genetic inheritance, according to the association's racist ideology. People from other backgrounds were looked down upon, according to the ministry statement.
Police searched 26 apartments of 39 group members in morning searches in 12 statesas well as meeting places of the organization.
The German government last month outlawed the neo-Nazi group Hammerskins Germany and raided the homes of dozens of its members. It was a splinter of an American conservative extremist group and had great influence in the European far-right environment.