In West Germany, a large crowd of demonstrators marched through the streets of Cologne on Saturday (22 April) to protest against the alleged rehabilitation of Nazism in the country.
SV Demonstrators from Austria, Czechoslovakia and Spanin march through streets of Cologne
SV PAN FROM Italian flag To Italian demonstrators
SV Demonstrator dressed in concentration camp uniform carrying flag
GV ZOOM TO Demonstrators marching along road carrying anti-fascist banners (3 shots)
SV Men and women dressed in concentration camp uniforms marching along in demonstration
Fears that there is still a strong pro-Nazi movement in West Germany were exacerbated in February this year, when Hitler salutes were given at the Soltau funeral of Nazi war criminal, Herbert Kapler. There have also been reports from Hamburg and Munich of young men appearing publicly in the brown and black uniforms of Hitler's stormtroopers.
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Background: In West Germany, a large crowd of demonstrators marched through the streets of Cologne on Saturday (22 April) to protest against the alleged rehabilitation of Nazism in the country.
SYNOPSIS: The rally organised by West German and international anti-fascist groups attracted a crowd of about 15,000 people. Reuter reported that among the demonstrators were a large number of foreigners. These included representatives of the Czechoslovakian town of Lidice which was destroyed by West German S.S. troops in World War Two, a large contingent of Italian anti-fascists, and 2,000 veterans of the French resistance movement. The demonstrators were demanding a ban on associations of former S-S. members -- the Nazi Party's elite storm troopers and stiffer laws to combat neo-nazist groups. Concern that the country's delicate political balance is threatened by the re-emergence of extreme right-wing factions has increase recently. Earlier this week West German customs officials discovered hundreds of reprinted copies of the old Nazi newspaper, the Voelkischer Beobachter on a Cologne bound train. Officials said the papers had probably beeb intended for distributions during the rally, because a planned counter-demonstration by right-wing extremists had been banned.