The threat of neo-Nazi infiltration of Germany’s state institutions is more extensive than officials realized. Now they’re struggling to uproot such infiltration.
Last month, the government disbanded an entire company of the nation’s special forces that had been infiltrated by extremists. But a group called Nordkreuz, or Northern Cross, shows that the problem of far-right infiltration has penetrated multiple layers of Germany society over the years as the authorities underestimated the threat or were reluctant to confront it.
“Between us, we were a whole village,” recalled Marko Gross, a police officer and one of about 30 Nordkreuz members, including a man who owned a military accessory shop, above. They were plotting to round up and kill political enemies and those defending migrants and refugees before they were uncovered by the authorities three years ago.
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