90 years after the National Socialists seized power in Hamburg, members of the city parliament have warned of a resurgence of racism. March 8th was a warning "how quickly a democracy can be destroyed," said Jenny Jasberg, leader of the Greens parliamentary group, whose parliamentary group had registered the topic for the current hour on Wednesday. "It's an occasion to keep the memory alive so that our history doesn't repeat itself." Even today, one shouldn't be blind in the right eye. "Let's be clear: right-wing extremist ideology continued to kill after the end of the Nazi dictatorship."
With the free democratic society, the Germans created the most valuable thing in their history after the war, said Interior Senator Andy Grote (SPD). But their binding power is waning, while the state and its institutions are increasingly being delegitimized. Politicians are required: "We have a responsibility to make policies that strengthen people's trust in our democratic society," he said.
A statement by CDU faction leader Dennis Thering, who described the AfD as “an openly racist” and partly anti-Semitic party, caused the meeting to be interrupted and a call for order to be made. Even before the Nazis seized power, there was "a longing in large parts of society" for simple answers to questions that were not easy to answer, he said. Today it is similar. "Populists from the left and right take advantage of this... division, hatred and social exclusion are the consequences." That's why the CDU has a clear "firewall" to the AfD.
AfD parliamentary group leader Dirk Nockemann accused Thering of abusing a demanding debate for "brazen slapstick" and "going to bed with links and greens", which completely covered this issue. "The notorious search for right-wing extremism goes so far that they suspect a National Socialist behind every tree," he said.
To commemorate the seizure of power in Hamburg, it is important to state "that the inhuman ideology of the Nazis fell on fertile ground," said the left-wing interior expert, Deniz Celik. "Right-wing terror and misanthropy have continued to this day." Therefore, "the fight against anti-Semitism, antiziganism and other forms of group-related misanthropy must be continued."
Civil rights, freedom and self-determination must be defended every day, said the FDP MP Anna von Treuenfels-Frowein. The strength of democracy is to allow other opinions. “But we must not allow enemies of democracy to exploit precisely this strength for their purposes. Disinformation is the tool of choice for those who want to shake the pillars of our social coexistence.”
The fight against racism, anti-Semitism and any other form of group-related enmity should also be enshrined as a state goal in the Hamburg constitution. In the second reading, the citizenship wanted to vote on a corresponding change on Wednesday.
In addition to a commitment to Europe and children's rights, the preamble should also state that the city "opposes the renewal and spread of totalitarian ideologies and the glorification and glorification of National Socialism". The acceptance of the application submitted jointly by the SPD and Greens with the CDU with the necessary two-thirds majority was considered certain.
Victims' associations had previously criticized the design of the text. They had asked the members of the Hamburg Parliament to include anti-Gypsyism as a state goal in the state constitution in addition to the fight against anti-Semitism. "With the change in the preamble to the Hamburg Constitution, you will soon have the rare opportunity to take responsibility for the memory of National Socialist terror," says a letter from the Auschwitz Committee, State Association of Sinti in Hamburg, Rome and Cinti Union and the Association of People Persecuted by the Nazi Regime – Association of Anti-Fascists to the Members of Parliament.
Like the systematic mass murder of Jews, that of Sinti and Roma was officially decided and implemented by the Nazi regime, the associations write. And they are still discriminated against, have to contend with prejudices and are victims of attacks. With the amendment to the constitution, MPs could now learn the lessons of the historical crimes. "Protect Sinti and Roma - stand up against antiziganism," they demand.