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Germany (Neo-Nazi Parties)

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 2 April 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what further steps he is taking, in conjunction with the other occupying Powers, to prevent the emergence of new Nazi parties in Germany.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to the hon. Member for Southampton, Test (Dr. King) on 25th February.

May I ask my right hon. Friend whether he can confirm a story, which has had fairly wide currency, to the effect that the Soviet are already paying £85 a month to the family of Major-General Remer while he is in gaol and that the Soviet have also made money available to Fritz Roessler, alias Frans Richter, the former Nazi leader, to the extent of £765 down and £60 a week for his wife and family in the event of his sudden death?

I am afraid I have no information about what my hon. Friend has said. Perhaps he would be good enough to put a Question on the Order Paper.

Will the Minister try to make it clear that the best way to prevent a revival of Nazism in Germany is to assist in the development of the democratic parties and institutions? Will he also make it clear that the recent elections in Germany have shown that the German people themselves are now capable of keeping the new Nazi party under control.