List of German far-right publishers (post-1945)

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This is a list of German far-right publishers (post-1945). In post-World War II Germany, after the defeat of the Nazis and Nazi Germany, the far-right was outlawed by the Allied occupation forces, preventing political continuity of the Nazi Party in a new, post-war form. In West Germany, reformed far-right parties were able to reestablish a foot hold in the national parliament in the early years of the new Federal Republic, courtesy in part to the post-war issues the new country faced. With the recovery of the German economy, the Wirtschaftswunder, the far-right declined in appeal. The far-right, from the 1960s, was characterised by fragmentation and infighting. Following the German reunification, in the early 1990s, the far-right has regained strength and become more of a threat to the democratic Germany again.[1][2]

In East Germany, a communist country, the far-right was declared extinct by the government despite the fact that a quarter of all members of the ruling communist party, in 1954, had formerly been members of the Nazi Party. Despite the official line, racism and far-right ideology existed and, towards the end of the country's existence in the late 1980s, increased. It was however swept under the carpet by the ruling authorities as ordinary violence and hooliganism rather than being allowed to be seen as a resurface of far-right ideology.[3]

The German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution classifies the far-right (German: Rechtsextremismus) as a movement against the equality of all people as guaranteed by the German constitution, and as enemies of the democratic nature of the German state. Their aim is to establish an authoritarian state, modelled on the Führerprinzip. The far-right places undue value on race and ethnicity which results in xenophobia and racism. Antisemitism is a core principal of their ideology.[4] Far-right publications generally glorify Germany's Nazi past and the armed forces of the era, the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS, offering historically revisionist publications and attempting to promote the myth of the "Clean Wehrmacht" and "Clean Waffen-SS". Far-right publisher are however careful to not out-rightly deny or trivialise the Holocaust, this being a criminal offence in Germany, as many have been prosecuted for such offences in the past.[5]

The German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, as of 2017, classifies three political parties as far-right, the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), Die Rechte and Der III. Weg, with a combined membership of 6,050.[6]

The far-right print media in Germany is predominately organised in the Gesellschaft für freie Publizistik [de], GfP, the largest far-right association of publishers, authors and book sellers, which was formed by former SS officers and Nazi officials in 1960.[7] The number of far-right publishers in Germany independent of political parties has declined from 45 in 2001 to 30 in 2016.[5]

Far-right publishers[edit]

Major far-right publishers:[8]

Name Location Est Dis Key people Notes Ref
Adoria-Verlag Oberhausen Dankwart Strauch (also involved in the Winkelried-Verlag) Mainly publishes World War II related material about the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS
Arndt Verlag Kiel 1963 Active Dietmar Munier [de] (formerly an official in the NPD) see Verlagsgruppe Lesen & Schenken [8][9]
Bonus-Verlag Selent see Verlagsgruppe Lesen & Schenken [8]
Deutsche Stimme Verlag Riesa 1976 Active Owned by the NPD, historically commercially successful but has declined in recent years
Publisher of the Deutsche Stimme
[8][10]
Druckschriften-und Zeitungsverlag Munich 1958 Active Gerhard Frey
Regine Frey since his death in 2013
Publisher of Germany's longest-running far-right newspaper, the National Zeitung [8]
Druffel-Verlag 1952 1991 Helmut Sündermann [de] (former Secretary of state in the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda) Druffel-Verlag, together with Türmer-Verlag and Vowinckel-Verlag, formed the Verlagsgesellschaft Berg [de] in 1991 [8]
Edition Zeitgeschichte see Verlagsgruppe Lesen & Schenken [8]
Grabert Verlag Tübingen 1953 2013 Herbert Grabert [de] (former high ranking Nazi official) Originally formed as the Verlag der deutschen Hochschullehrerzeitung, renamed in 1974
Taken over by the Hohenrain Verlag GmbH in 2013
Grabert was one of the oldest and most important far-right independent publishers in Germany
[8]
Hohenrain Verlag Tübingen 1985 Active Grabert family Formed as an offshoot of the Grabert Verlag in 1985 which it took over in 2013
Revisionist and Holocaust-questioning publications
Publisher of the Euro-Kurier and Deutschland in Geschichte und Gegenwart
[8]
Junge Freiheit Verlag Berlin 1990 Active Dieter Stein Part of the Neue Rechte
Publisher of the Junge Freiheit
[8]
Kopp Verlag Rottenburg 1993 Active Jochen Kopp Mainly publishes books dealing with conspiracy theories, propagates a racist world view, commercially one of the most successful far-right publishers [8]
Landwehr-Verlag see Verlagsgruppe Lesen & Schenken [8]
Nation Europa Verlag Coburg 1951 2010 Formed by Arthur Ehrhardt (former SS-Sturmbannführer and chief of the Bandenbekämpfung at the Führer Headquarters) Best known for its publication Nation & Europa
Taken over by the Arndt-Verlag in 2010
[8][11]
Orion-Heimreiter-Verlag 1983 Ernst Frank (Brother of Karl Hermann Frank, a high-ranking Nazi official in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia) see Verlagsgruppe Lesen & Schenken [8][12]
Pour le Mérite-Verlag see Verlagsgruppe Lesen & Schenken [8]
Schild-Verlag [de] Zweibrücken 1949 2004 Taken over by the VDM Heinz Nickel [de] in 2004
Türmer-Verlag see Verlagsgesellschaft Berg
VDM Heinz Nickel [de] Zweibrücken 1986 Active Heinz Nickel Publisher of historical revisionist books about World War II
Took over the Schild-Verlag in 2004
Verlag Antaois Steigra 2000 Active Götz Kubitschek One of the most important publishers of the New Right in Germany [8]
Verlag Bublies [de] Beltheim 1979 [13]
Verlag Hohe Warte Pähl Operated by the xenophobic and antisemitic Bundes für Gotterkenntnis (Ludendorff) e.V., named after Mathilde Ludendorff, dubbed the Great-Grandmother of German antisemitism
Publisher of Mensch und Maß
[8]
Verlagsgesellschaft Berg [de] Gilching 1991 Active Gert Sudholt (Executive Director, had previously been found guilty of Volksverhetzung (Incitement to hatred) and jailed, also leader the GfP for many years) Merger of the publishers Druffel-Verlag, Türmer-Verlag and Vowinckel-Verlag
One of the largest independent far-right publishers in Germany, manly publishing revisionist historical material
Publisher of Deutsche Geschichte and Deutsche Annalen
[8]
Verlagsgruppe Lesen & Schenken Martensrade Active Dietmar Munier [de] (formerly an official in the NPD) One of the largest far-right publishers in Germany
The group consists of the following publishers:
  • Arndt Verlag
  • Bonus-Verlag
  • Edition Zeitgeschichte
  • Landwehr-Verlag
  • Orion-Heimreiter-Verlag
  • Pour le Mérite-Verlag

Publications:

  • Deutsche Militärzeitschrift (DMZ)
  • Deutsche Militärzeitschrift – Zeitgeschichte (DMZ – Zeitgeschichte)
  • Zuerst!

Production company:

  • Excelsior

It mainly publishes revisionist material that glorifies the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS

[8]
Vowinckel-Verlag see Verlagsgesellschaft Berg
Winkelried-Verlag Leisnig Active Dankwart Strauch (Owner since 2014, is also involved in the Adoria-Verlag) Formed as the Buchdienst Kaden, predominantly publishes material glorifying the Nazi era and Waffen-SS, publishing books by, among others, David Irving and Erich Ludendorff [8]

Further reading[edit]

  • Öden, Emmelie (2017). Rechtsextreme Verlage in Deutschland: Eine aktuelle Bestandsaufnahme [Far-right publishers in Germany: A current inventory]. Mainzer Buchwissenschaft. ISBN 978-3945883570.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stöss, Richard (12 September 2006). "Geschichte des Rechtsextremismus" [History of the far-right]. Federal Agency for Civic Education (in German). Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  2. ^ Hoser, Paul. "Rechtsextremismus" [The Far-right]. Historisches Lexikon Bayerns (in German). Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  3. ^ Wagner, Bernd (2 January 2018). "Vertuschte Gefahr: Die Stasi & Neonazis" [Hidden danger: The Stasi and Neo-Nazis]. Federal Agency for Civic Education (in German). Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Rechtsextremismus" [The Far-right]. Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (in German). Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b Pfeiffer, Thomas (19 December 2016). "Das Kapillarsystem – Geschichte und Entwicklung der rechtsextremistischen Presse" [History and development of the far-right press]. Federal Agency for Civic Education (in German). Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Rechtsextremistische Parteien" [Far-right Parties]. Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (in German). Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  7. ^ Maegerle, Anton (23 December 2016). "Was liest der rechte Rand? Der Blätterwald" [What does the right edge read? Publications]. Federal Agency for Civic Education (in German). Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Maegerle, Anton (21 December 2016). "Was liest der rechte Rand? Der Bücherschrank" [What does the right edge read? Publishers]. Federal Agency for Civic Education (in German). Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  9. ^ Thomas Grumke, Bernd Wagner (2002). "Arndt-Verlag". Handbuch Rechtsradikalismus [Pocketbook of the far-right]. Leske + Budrich.
  10. ^ Thomas Grumke, Bernd Wagner (2002). "Deutsche Stimme Verlag". Handbuch Rechtsradikalismus [Pocketbook of the far-right]. Leske + Budrich.
  11. ^ Thomas Grumke, Bernd Wagner (2002). "Nation Europa Verlag". Handbuch Rechtsradikalismus [Pocketbook of the far-right]. Leske + Budrich.
  12. ^ Sarkowicz, Hans (9 January 1987). "Die alte Rechte auf neuen Wegen" [The old right on a new path]. Die Zeit (in German). Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Neue Rechte und alte linke lieder" [The new right and old left songs]. belltower.news (Amadeu Antonio Foundation) (in German). 28 March 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2018.