The extreme right-wing Deutsche Reichspartei held a two-day rally at the little Lower Saxony town of Hildeshaim, July 9-10.
GV Youth group in Nazi style dress play drums and bugles to audience.
CU Drum Major
ANGLE SHOT. Musician
SV Audience applauds
GV police outside restaurant
SV Youth with collection boxes
SV Police outside
SV.PAN..Party members arrive
LV PAN.. Three top men of the party, von Thadden, Meinberg, and small man with glasses, Dr. Kunstmann, arrive
SCU The above pose for photographers
LV Oarty members enter restaurant
SV INT..party members enter room
GV Members seated
LV Herr Meinberg addressees party
GV Audience applaud
SCU Herr Meinberg speaks
SV Audience applaud
SV Von Thadden speaks
LV Police block road as demonstrators are at restaurant
SV Demonstrators arriving
SCU police cordon
SV police guard restaurant
SV Coach of trade unionists arrives
CU Demonstrators shout slogans
STV Police force demonstrators away from entrance
STV police seize banners and clash with demonstrators
TGV police cordon struggles with demonstrators
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Background: 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.