Germany orders nationwide hunt for Nazi material in military bases

Germany orders search for Nazi material in military bases

Searches will be carried out at German military bases (Stock image)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Germany has ordered a search to take place in all army barracks, after suspicions of extremism within the military were raised.

On Saturday (May 6) helmets worn by the Nazis were found in a cabinet at barracks in Donaueschingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, according to Terra.

Two weeks prior to this a soldier was arrested at a base in Illkirch, near Strasbourg, on suspicion of plotting the assassination of left-wing leaders.

This prompted the Ministry of Defence to start the investigation, which yielded the discovery of a photo of a Nazi soldier with weapons at the same base.

Der Spiegel reported that the photo was put up in the meeting rooms of the base, and depicted a Nazi infantryman holding a rifle.

Investigators also found a Wehrmacht pistol and gun cartridges, stashed in the wall.

However, there is some confusion as to what is allowed in barracks, as some have pieces which were installed by the Nazis themselves, and so may be exempt.

One example is the Hochstaufenkaserne barracks, where Adolf Hitler's eagle sculpture stands permanently at the entrance, having been there in 1934.

Now it must be decided by authorities what counts as historical heritage and what violates the constitution.