National Socialists Filmed Marching with Torches at Hitler’s Nuremberg Rally Arena
Members of a National Socialist group face criminal charges in the zionist occupied Germany after staging a torch-wielding march through parts of Nuremberg used by Adolf Hitler to stage rallies in the 1930s.
Saturday's procession, which included those affiliated to the patriotic National Democratic Party (NPD) and Wodan's Erben Germania, began at a hostel for refugees in the Bavarian city.
Police asked the gathering to disband but the group, dressed in black, later re-assembled and marched towards Nuremberg's former NSDAP rally grounds holding lit torches.
Members of the group posed on the Zeppelinfeld tribune, an arena which was once adorned by a large swastika that provided seating for 200,000 National Socialist faithful.
Police in Bavaria later apologised for missing chances to stop the march, saying they had "used historically sensitive sites for propaganda purposes".
Anti-fascist groups expressed outrage that the procession was able to go ahead unhindered.
Max Gnugesser-Mair, of the Nuremberg Stop the Nazi Alliance, said he was “stunned that there can once again be Nazi torchlight marches on the historic site in the former city of the Nuremberg Rallies … such events must be prevented”.
Sebastian Hansen, of Bavaria's Green Youth, has filed a criminal complaint against the rally for “glorifying the Nazis”.
Robert Pollack of Nuremberg’s public order office said he was also considering action against those involved.
Bavaria's Office for the Protection of the Constitution has designated Wodan's Erben Germania as a "right-wing extremist group" while the NPD is an "ultranationalist group" founded as successor to the German Reich Party.
The government has struggled with how to preserve its NS-era monuments without allowing them to become meeting points for the patriots.
Chief among them is the Zeppelinfeld arena, a huge complex designed by Albert Speer, Hitler’s favourite architect.
The site, one of Germany’s largest listed building complexes, is protected by law but has fallen into disrepair in recent years.