Udo Voigt of the German NPD has gotten his big ugly head in the news again, this time for talking shit about Auschwitz. “Six million cannot be right. At most, 340,000 people could have died in Auschwitz,” he said in an interview with Iranian journalists (in an article in The Telegraph). Voigt is a good mate of local fascist dingbat Welf Herfurth (a close political ally, in turn, of Dr. James Saleam), the co-founder and host (with Saleam) of the annual fascist gathering the Sydney Forum, and member of both the Australia First Party and Blood & Honour Australia. Most recently, Herfurth is responsible for establishing a group in Sydney called the New Right, who call themselves ‘national anarchists’.
Herfurth was unable to extend a personal welcome to Voigt when he was invited to address the Sydney Forum in 2003 because the Australian Government denied him a visa. The denial of a visa to Voigt was on the basis of ‘Public Interest Criterion 4003′, which states: “The applicant is determined by the Foreign Minister, or a person authorised by the Foreign Minister, to be a person whose presence in Australia – (a) is, or would be, prejudicial to relations between Australia and a foreign country, or, (b) may be directly or indirectly associated with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction”. Note that since 2006, part (a) has been changed to refusal where a person’s presence would be “contrary to Australia’s foreign policy interests”.
In other schnews, the SPLC has published a new issue of its quarterly Intelligence Report, No.128, Winter 2007. (You can also read the SPLC blog here.) It contains a brief report on the Russian neo-Nazi execution video briefly available on YouTube and currently in circulation on a number of fascist and neo-Nazi websites. “The video is hard to watch. Just three minutes long, “Operation of the National-Socialist Party of Russia to Arrest and Execute Two Colonists From Dagestan and Tajikistan” opens to the sound of machine-gun fire. Then comes horrifying footage of the grisly execution of two bound and gagged men under a swastika flag. One man is beheaded, and the second is shot in the head.” Naturally, Russian Government officials deny the authenticity of the tape, but few who watch it can do so easily. The only real question is who produced it, when, where and why. The answers to these questions, unfortunately, probably won’t be known for a very long time.