The German Neo-Nazi fascination with North Korea

Lesser-known Strasserite Nazi faction key to understanding admiration for Pyongyang
December 3rd, 2013
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Though North Korea is often labeled “communist” or even “Stalinist” by Western pundits, some German Neo-Nazis view the country in a different light. For these individuals, North Korea is a model for the German Neo-Nazi movement.

After the collapse of the Communist Bloc, North Korea appealed to Neo-Nazis, especially those from the former East

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About the Authors

Benjamin R. Young

Benjamin R. Young has a bachelor's and master's degree in history from The State University of New York, The College at Brockport. He will begin his PhD studies in modern Korean history at The George Washington University in Fall 2014. He has studied the Korean language at Geumgang University in Nonsan, South Korea and with the Pyongyang Project in Yanji, China. 

Benjamin R. Young

Benjamin R. Young has a bachelor's and master's degree in history from The State University of New York, The College at Brockport. He will begin his PhD studies in modern Korean history at The George Washington University in Fall 2014. He has studied the Korean language at Geumgang University in Nonsan, South Korea and with the Pyongyang Project in Yanji, China. 

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  • http://blog.jinbo.net/CINA/ christian karl

    Good article! Exactly the same I learned during my inquiries (German)NS-NK Connection in 2001 after a short trip to Pyeongyang. There, during a kind of drinking party, our NK minder told us that he really loves Heinrich Heine… but “unfortunately he was a Jew”, he added(and – of course – we were SHOCKED!!).

  • http://blog.jinbo.net/CINA/ christian karl

    Good article! Exactly the same I learned during my inquiries about the (German)NS-NK connection in 2001 after a short trip to Pyeongyang. There, during a kind of drinking party, our NK minder told us that he really loves Heinrich Heine, “but unfortunately he was a Jew”, he added(and – of course – we were complete stunned!!)…

  • Ethan Davidson

    I’m quite certain that almost 100 all of USA neo-Nazis venerate Hitler and are not aware of Strasseriism. It was a mind blower to me. Nazis that don’t venerate or follow Hitler? Who knew? We are not very sophisticated here, and most people don’t get the distinctio between liberals and communists, let alone other leftist factions. Our own right wing has it’s splits between it’s capitalist authoritarian wing and it’s capitlist Libertarian wing. The religious fundamentalists have aims incompatible with free market capitalism, censorship, for example. On the bottom of the barrel roll a few dumb as rocks neo-nazis. They are into racism, anti-semitism, homphobia and like, and don’t have much of an ideology beyond that.