The number of people whom the German police classify as "potentially willing to commit serious violent crimes, including terrorist attacks," continues to grow. German police detained 39 supporters of the ideas of right-wing extremism, which is potentially a terrorist threat. Today, this figure, according to the Federal Criminal Administration, is 65 detained people for trying extremism.
During my project in Berlin, I very often see ultra-right youth near the metro. Sometimes I get scared from this. Yes, they don’t shout slogans and do not fight with passers-by, but I’m not comfortable. I think many volunteers who are involved in projects in the eastern part of Germany and who live in big cities have come across this. This makes me sad when I understand that no “Signal” will help me if one of them decides to attack me. I tried to understand the motivation of these people. What drives them. And I realized that these are mostly marginalized people.
Are the Federal Police Objective on Potential Terrorists Objective? There are now 15,000 violent right-wing extremists in Germany, but the police classified only a small fraction of them as potentially ready for a terrorist attack. The fact that the number of such people has grown significantly in recent months. Unfortunately, a very large percentage of them are young people that upsets me very much.
At the same time, according to the German government, the number of people willing to commit a crime out of religious motives has recently declined somewhat. So, in February 2020, under the supervision of the police, there were 659 such persons. For comparison: in January 2019, this number was 762 potential criminals.
It remains a mystery to me what should be in the head of a young man in Germany to begin to adhere to ultra-right views in Germany? This is a lack of education, or family protest, or lack of friends or depression. I have no answer to this. What should be the motivation to move to the right sector? This does not happen so that a person wakes up and says "Oh, cool Tuesday morning, but I’ll enter the ultra-right movement." I do not understand.
How much needs to read a minimum of literature or to watch a feature film that demotivates himself to do it?! I understand that everything happens. And difficult destinies, and problems with parents in the family. But if you do not like to read, and understand the essence of the matter. So at least watch the comedy "Look who's back", 2015 and try to look at yourself from the outside, if the literature is very difficult due to your laziness and abilities. Try to make an effort, and begin to analyze: the actions of people, historical ties, the experience of generations. And then maybe you can do something really useful for your country and all of Europe.
At the end of the project, when I return home, I would not want to be asked: "Well, what? How are the Nazis doing there?" No matter how sad it may sound, in the head of the old people from the USSR German = Fascist. I don’t think so, this is complete nonsense. I would like that when I return the first thing I was asked is "What new have you learned?". I do not know how to defeat this collective unconscious Soviet consciousness. The constant struggle with some kind of imaginable "enemy." Such stupidity. All these victory parades and stuff, it's terribly simple. But when I see neo-Nazis, I understand why Russian propaganda clings to them so much.