German police find Nazi altar in drunk man’s apartment — Analysis

A call from a drunk man led police in eastern Germany to discover a Nazi ‘altar’, featuring photos of Adolf Hitler, along with an impressive cache of weapons.

On the evening of December 21, Glauchau police received a call from a 53-year-old “Drink heavily” German man who asked for help.

Officers arrived in an apartment that was not in a dire state. However, they found more weapons and stabbing tools than expected. The living room featured an altar-like decor with photographs and symbols dating back to National Socialism.” Saxony police said in a statement.

On that same evening, the resident was taken to a local hospital. The next day, law enforcement conducted a proper search in the owner’s presence, with experts eventually confirming gun law violations. A handful of weapons were confiscated.

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According to police, the owner, who does not have a record of similar offences, behaved “Reasonably” and voluntarily gave up “the considerable number” This is “non-criminally relevant items,” including Nazi memorabilia.

This investigation continues.

Germany’s interior minister, Horst Seehofer, said earlier this year that far-right extremism and anti-Semitism remain key security challenges to the country, with the number of people with extremist views constantly rising; 23,604 criminal offenses related to far-right views were recorded in 2020, which is up by more than 5% than in 2019, and is the highest figure since 2001, when records started. Seehofer said these numbers demonstrate a “brutalization” of society.

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