Alex Constantine - January 7, 2007
A neo-Nazi organization that was poised to purchase a hotel in a town in Germany and turn it into a "eugenics indoctrination centre" has been outbid by local residents.
People in Delmenhorst near Bremen held bake sales and staged fund-raising barbecues to scrape together money to thwart a rich neo-Nazi lawyer's organisation from buying property in their town.
There have been suggestions that it become an old-people's home or a community centre. Negotiations with the owner began in August.
Residents of the small city of 80,000 on the coastal plain of northern Germany had worried that the empty, 100-room Hotel am Stadtpark would be turned into a workshop for neo-Nazi racial-purity ideology.
The right-wing extremist organization Wilhelm Tietjen Stiftung fuer Fertilisation Ltd (Foundation for Fertilisation Research) had sought to buy the building. The organisation is named after a rich Nazi from Bremen who died childless in 2002.
The group is run by far-right lawyer Juergen Rieger, who reportedly offered 3.4 million euros. The vendor was finally persuaded to accept slightly less from the civic-action group. German anti-sedition agencies have described Rieger as an "incorrigible racist."
However, critics said that the campaign, which included fund-raising concerts, played into the hands of property-owners and Nazis, who could repeat the threat to purchase hotels in other cities and towns in Germany.