The extreme right-wing Deutsche Reichspartei held a two-day rally at the little Lower Saxony town of Hildeshaim, July 9-10.
The extreme right-wing Deutsche Reichspartei held a two-day rally at the little Lower Saxony town of Hildeshaim, July 9-10. Police re-enforcements from Hanover were brought into action when trade unionists attempted to break up the rally with shouts of "Nazis go Home", and "Fascists Break Up Your Rally".
Overcoming a ban imposed on the rally, organisers succeeded in opening the eight annual conference July 9. Speakers included Herr Wilhelm Meinberg, who recently resigned as Chairman of the Reichspartei for health reasons; Adolph von Thadden, the Party's second in command; and Professor Kunstmann of Hamburg, who was elected by /403 votes of the assembled /448 delegates to be the new Chairman.
Party speakers minimized Nazi crimes, and said that a true German could only show loyalty to Germany by joining the Reichspartei. Herr von Thadden demanded that Germany free herself of alliances with power blocs of East or West. "Only neutrality", he said, "could lead to re-unification."
Day-two began with a morning rally in the grounds of a restaurant. Delegates cheered themselves hoarse when youngsters wearing Nazi-style uniforms stood on a high balcony and drummed frantically as trumpeters played martial music popular in the days of Adolph Hitler. It was then that bus-loads of trade unionists arrived to demonstrate. Police blocked the road leading to the restaurant as the demonstrators marched forward with shouts of "Take that dam flag down", referring to the old black, white and red Prussian flag prominently displayed by the Reichspartei.
Fortunately no serious incidents occurred, and police were able to disperse both demonstrators and Party members peacefully.
Banned in many parts of West Germany, the Reichspartei claims representation in 350 towns and provincial areas in Federal Germany. At the end of the world-war two, half its present membership had not reached the age of eighteen.