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.
Leaders of German cities and towns have raised alarm over increasing threats of violence. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has said the numbers may be worrying, but arming local leaders is not the answer.
The Oscar-winning director has just released "When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit," based on the novel by Judith Kerr. She told DW about the challenges of turning the autobiographical Nazi Germany escape story into a film.
An auction house in Munich has sparked controversy over how to handle relics of the Nazi past. Nearly 900 items are going under the hammer — most of them personal belongings of former high-ranking Nazis. Jewish organisations have condemned the auction.
Some 15,000 people packed into Bielefeld to protest against right-wing extremists. Protesters also criticized officials for allowing the neo-Nazi march to take place on the anniversary of the Nazis' anti-Jewish pogroms.