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Neo-Nazis Get Hip as Tactic to Attract Mainstream Germans

By    |   Monday, 05 Jan 2015 10:49 PM

Neo-Nazis reportedly are shedding their hardcore black combat boots and bomber jackets for hipster-friendly skinny jeans, sneakers and hip-hop music in order to move into mainstream German society.

Far-right extremists – sometimes referred to as "nipsters," NBC News reports – even launched a "Vegan Cooking Channel" on YouTube featuring masked young neo-Nazis preparing recipes and offering household tips.

"If the young people don't find skinhead types attractive, then they [the neo-Nazis] will simply die out, so they have to find something new," Daniel Koehler, an expert on radicalization, told NBC News. "There are many different ways in which neo-Nazis now portray themselves" that are "not immediately seen as the violent skinhead, neo-Nazi type."

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The new clothes can't mask the old hate, NBC News reports.

"The right-wing scene in Germany is militant, radical and dangerous," Felix Benneckenstein, a former neo-Nazi, told NBC News. "It is now experiencing an upsurge."

Rolling Stone reports that the trend appeared to emerge last winter, when people dressed "like Brooklyn hipsters" began showing up at neo-Nazi events.

"Experts have noted that the German neo-Nazi presence on Tumblr and other social networking sites has become sleeker and more sophisticated. Neo-Nazi clothing has become more stylish and difficult to recognize," the magazine reports.

The neo-Nazi message hasn't changed, however.

Rolling Stone reports that "Nazi-hipster" Patrick Schroeder opened one weekly Internet TV show wearing a bandana stitched with the slogan "H8" around his mouth while a map of Germany in 1937 hung on a wall above him.

According to The Times of Israel, Germany's domestic intelligence agency estimates there are only 22,000 far-right sympathizers left in the country. The National Democratic Party of Germany, the country's largest and oldest far-right political party, is running out of money and its public demonstrations have been blocked in recent months by protestors.

It remains dangerous and racist, the newspaper reports, noting that in response to a flood of Muslim immigrants into Germany last year, neo-Nazis teamed up with anti-Islamic groups such as "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West."

Dresden's anti-Islam marches even provoked a warning from Chancellor Angela Merkel, who told her fellow Germans that their xenophobic demonstrations were inciting far-right extremists.

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