Germany: Neo-Nazis Suspected in Hundreds of Cold-Case Murders

Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 03:03 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

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A recent re-evaluation of thousands of unsolved murder cases in Germany dating back more than 20 years indicates that many of them were probably perpetrated by neo-Nazis and other far-right groups, officials said Wednesday.
 
The German Interior Ministry said that after re-examining 3,300 unsolved murders between 1990 and 2011, authorities believe neo-Nazis were responsible for nearly 1,000 of those slayings, the World Bulletin reported.

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The German daily Osnabrueck Zeitung reported Wednesday that the Interior Ministry decided to re-examine several decades of cold-case killings after revelations two years ago about the activities of the National Socialist Underground (NSU).

The NSU, a small neo-Nazi group, allegedly committed scores of murders, bank robberies, and bombings, many of them targeting immigrants.

The NSU is suspected of murdering 10 people between 2000 and 2007, most of them Greek or Turkish small-business owners shot to death at their shops. 
 
Authorities had mistakenly thought the murders stemmed from a turf war between Turkish “mafia” groups, the Christian Science Monitor reported.
 
That assessment changed after a botched Nov. 4, 2011 bank robbery in which two NSU members committed suicide when cornered by police. Investigators now believe the 10 murders were committed by neo-Nazi militants.
 
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The woman alleged to be the group’s sole surviving member, a 38-year-old BeateZschape, is currently on trial in Munich for those slayings and two bombings said to have been carried out by the NSU.

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