Return of the German Army 1995

Germany Alert, 14 Dec 97
Kanther, Kinkel and Rühe Linked to Nazi Scandal

BONN -- All three of Chancellor Helmut Kohl's key ministers are now
implicated in the tangled scandal around convicted Nazi terrorist
Manfred Roeder, who received favored government treatment, free
Bundeswehr transport vehicles and who was the invited guest speaker at
the German military's elite officers academy.

Interior Minister Manfred Kanther is the latest to be linked to the
scandal. According to the pro-Kohl Bild Am Sontag, Kanther's ministry
secretly downgraded government warnings about Roeder's front
organization recently, claiming it is "not significantly rightwing
extremist." The downgrade was enough for Kanther's domestic
intelligence agency Verfassungsschutz to stop spying on the Nazi group.

Implicating Kanther increases outrage both in Germany and abroad about
the Kohl government's complicity in aiding outspoken Nazis. Earlier,
Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel and Defense Minister Volker Ruehe were
linked to the Roeder affair (see previous reports).

Meanwhile Focus newsmagazine reported that thirty German soldiers on
duty in Croatia shouted "Sieg Heil" and "Heil Hitler" during a party in
Trogir right after the unit had been praised for its actions in NATO's
ex-Yugoslavia peace-keeping mission. And Der Spiegel revealed that the
neo-Nazi youth organization "Group 164" had, like Roeder, been invited
to the elite military academy to deliver a propaganda speech.


FOCUS Magazin
Nr. 51 (1997)
VOLKER RÜHE: Auf Kampfstation
Montag, 15.12.1997

Translated excerpts:

VOLKER RÜHE: On Battlestation
Now the shadow of the neo-Nazis also darkens the most sensitive part of Volker Rühe's powerful force – German soldiers in ex-Yugoslavia have attracted attention by „Sieg Heil“ cries according to FOCUS informations.
Because brown debris boiled up yet at the end of September 1996 in the military hospital of the Bundeswehr in the Croatian Trogir. Only few days before the outburst Rühe and British defence minister Michael Portillo had praised the efforts for the peace during the visit in the Balkans camp. When at the men's home the corks popped, nothing of the new era was felt anymore. „Sieg Heil“ and „Heil Hitler“, so an US officer remembers, was yelled by a horde of about 30 young soldiers. Also older comrades sat in the room.

Only accidentally the American with a German colleague got into the ghastly scene. „The wardroom was already closed“, explains the German who wants to remain anonymous as his US friend. Both still confirmed the incident in the conversation with FOCUS. The American remembers: „I was totally shocked.“ Not until the meal of sea shells outside of the camp the witnesses of the activity settled down. The information of the Ministry of Defence: One knows nothing about incidents in Trogir.
NATO enlargement: The chief of the Hardthöhe pressed ahead with the opening of the alliance to the East.


Wolfgang Schäuble and Karl Lamers in a CDU strategy paper in 9/1/1994:
"Überlegungen zur europäischen Politik"

Translated excerpts:

Considerations on European politics
II. Germany's interest
After the end of the East-West conflict a stable order also has to be found for the eastern part of the continent. Germany has a special interest in that, because of its location it would be faster and more immediately affected by the results of eastern instability. The only solution of this order problem, that can prevent a backslide to the unstable prewar system and the return of Germany into the old central position, is the integration of the Central Eastern European neighbours into the (Western) European post-war system and a comprehensive partnership between that and Russia.

A stability-endangering vacuum, an intermediate Europe must not be again. Without such advancement of the (Western) European integration Germany could be asked for or over own security necessities feel tempted to manage the stabilisation of the eastern Europe on its own and in the traditional manner.
Its location, its size and its narrow relationship to France give Germany a special responsibility for the integration of the eastern part of Europe and the chance to decisively advance a good development for itself and Europe.

With the takeover of the presidency of the Union on the 1st of July 1994 a long lasting major struggle has begun for Germany to achieve this aim.

III. What is to be done? - Suggestions
• the strengthening of the foreign political and security-political capacity of the Union,
• expansion to the East.


Verantwortung, Realismus, Zukunftssicherung
Deutsche Außenpolitik in einer sich neu ordnenden Welt
Von Bundesaußenminister Dr. Klaus Kinkel
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 19.03.1993

Translated excerpts:

Responsibility, realism, safeguarding the future
German foreign affairs in a re-organizing world
By Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Klaus Kinkel
Two duties are to be mastered in parallel: In the inside we must become one people again, outwards it is essential to achieve something whereby we have failed twice before: In harmony with our neighbours to find to a role which corresponds to our wishes and our potential. The return to normality inside as outwards is in accordance with a deep wish of our population since the end of the war. This is also necessary now, if we want to remain respected in the international community. As well as we accomplish the internal consolidation only with an honest patriotism, we will only live up to our global political responsibility with a takeover of all rights and duties of a UN member.

The fact that our actions and inactions because of history and size will evoke ambivalent reactions in some countries for a long time yet, does not stand in opposition to this. We do not make life easier for ourselves by refusing ourselves to the necessary transformations. With the recovery of state unity we have pulled the first prize from the end of the East-West conflict. Because of our central location, our size and our traditional relations with Central and Eastern Europe we are predestined to derive the main advantage from the return of these states to Europe. This is valid not only for the economy, but also for the position of the German language and culture in Europe. Here our foreign cultural politics is faced with a big task which we must also tackle in a time of tight budgetary funds.
Presently we move from the non-intervention ban in the name of state sovereignty to the imperative of intervention in the name of the human dignity and humanitarian aid. Somalia was another landmark for this. We have demanded the appointment of an International Criminal Court for a long time. Now the Security Council has decided the creation of a tribunal to hold accountable war criminals in former Yugoslavia.

"Wir müssen Serbien in die Knie zwingen."
"We must force Serbia to its knees."
- Klaus Kinkel, former BND chief and Foreign Minister on 24th May 1992


"Verteidigungspolitische Richtlinien"
Erlassen vom Bundesverteidigungsministerium am 26. November 1992

Translated excerpts:
"Guidelines of Defense"
Decree of the Federal Ministry of Defence on 26th November 1992
(8) Maintenance of free world trade and the unchecked access to markets and raw materials all over the world within the conditions of a fair world economic system
Without Germany it is impossible to integrate the East European peoples.


Record of a conference of Hitler and the German High Command on the situation in Yugoslavia dated 27th of March 1941:
"It can be assumed that the Croats will come to our side when we attack. A corresponding political treatment (autonomy later on) will be assured to there."

A top-secret directive issued from the Fuehrer's headquarters on 27 March 1941 and intended only for higher commanding officers of the German Army said:
"The internal political crisis in Yugoslavia will be aggravated by political guarantees promised to the Croats."

Both documents can be found here at pages 32 and 35:

Top-secret memorandum of a conference at the Fuehrer's headquarters concerning the war in the East dated 16th of July 1941:
"A. Now it was essential that we did not publicize our aims before the world, also there was no need for that; but the main thing was that we ourselves knew what we wanted. By no means should we render our task more difficult by making superfluous declarations. Such declarations were superfluous because we could do everything wherever we had the power, and what was beyond our power we would not be able to do anyway.

"What we told the world about the motives for our measures ought to be conditioned, therefore, by tactical reasons. We ought to act here in exactly the same way as we did in the cases of Norway, Denmark, Holland, and Belgium. In these cases, too, we did not publish our aims; and it was only sensible to continue in the same way.

"Therefore, we shall emphasize again that we were forced to occupy, administer, and secure a certain area; it was in the interest of the inhabitants that we provided order, food, traffic, and so forth, hence our measures. Nobody shall be able to recognize that it initiates a final settlement. This need not prevent our taking all necessary measures-shooting, Resettling, et cetera-and we shall take them.

"But we do not want to make any people our enemies prematurely and unnecessarily. Therefore we shall act as though we wanted to exercise a mandate only. At the same time we must know clearly that we shall never leave those countries. Our conduct therefore ought to be:

"1) To do nothing which might obstruct the final settlement, but to prepare for it only in secret; 2) To emphasize that we are liberators.

Heinrich Himmler über die Behandlung der Fremdvölkischen im Osten

Translated excerpts:

Heinrich Himmler on the handling of the foreign people in the East
When handling foreign people in the East we will have to take care as much as possible to recognize different kinds of people and to promote them
I would like to add that we not only have major interest not to unite these people from the East, but on the contrary, to split them into as many as possible small pieces and splints.


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