According to DW
German journalist Frederik Obermaier has been investigating the Ku Klux Klan and has just published his work in a book in German. DW talked to him about the danger of the KKK and why it’s here in Germany to begin with.
DW: Essentially, it was the Nationalist Socialist Underground that was responsible for a spree of killings between 2000 and 2007 that put this on the map for you, because you discovered links to the Ku Klux Klan in Germany, and then you started digging…
Frederik Obermaier: Yes. And after our first reports, former KKK members contacted us and told us that there was far more information than we had reported. They said: here is what we have done and what groups we were a member of in Germany, and we got some internal documents and even videos and audiotapes of secretive Ku Klux Klan gatherings here in Germany. And that’s when we realized that it’s a bigger topic and the public is not aware of it. There are KKK groups active here in Germany.
So a lot of the information you have is based on data that was delivered to you by ex-members of the KKK in Germany. How deep did you actually get into the current structure here? I would imagine the Klan isn’t particularly fond of journalists…
Their answers have been quite short. It was basically ‘shut up’ or ‘get away’ or ‘we won’t answer any questions.’ We were able to speak with former members, and we were also able to speak with active members. But we don’t know how many members they have. It might be dozens, we think, but no member of an active group handed us anything like a members list. What we were amazed to find out during our investigation is that police officers belong to the KKK. There was even a case where an officer from the German interior intelligence service warned the boss of a German KKK group of our surveillance; so there are KKK sympathizers even within the authorities, even if it may be only individuals.