Nazism refers to the racist, anti-Semitic brand of fascism of the NSDAP regime in Germany. Adolf Hitler's Nazis came to power in 1933, ruling until 1945. DW looks at Nazism in history and more recent cases of neo-Nazis.
Nazism or National Socialism is a racist and anti-Semitic form of fascism associated with Adolf Hitler and the German Nazi Party. It was the Nazis and their theories of racial superiority that led to the mass murder of millions of Jews in the Holocaust. Following Germany's defeat in World War II, expressions of support for the Nazis as well as the display of their symbols were prohibited by law in Germany. Nonetheless, far-right political groups continue to exist on the fringes of society, often identifying with Hitler and National Socialism, or espousing racist or xenophobic beliefs. Recent DW content on either historical Nazism or modern-day neo-Nazism are collated on this page.
Right-wing vandals targeted German beekeeper Klaus Maresch after he provided accommodation to two gay refugees from Iraq. "We've had such times in Germany," Klaus Maresch told DW. "And they're times we don't want again."
Germany's landscapes are as beautiful as they are diverse, but there is one feature that holds a particular place in the country's collective heart. And that is the forest. It has featured in countless stories, poems, operas and was appropriated by the Nazis as a symbol of national identity. Tamsin Walker went into the woods to find out more.