At the mention of the Ku Klux Klan, certain images come to mind: burning crosses, people carrying blazing torches and wearing white hoods, all of which conjures up “White Power.”
Gatherings like these do not only take place in the American South. Over the past decades, more than one cross has been set ablaze in Germany’s wooded areas and meadows. Time and again, stickers, pamphlets and other materials have been circulated about new Klan offshoots - mostly in connection with racist crimes. Even though our KKK does not have the size and tradition of the one in the US, the German groups are still quite dangerous. The myths surrounding the Klan meet the needs of the far right for conspiracies.
Frederik Obermaier and Tanjev Schultz have traced the history of this secret society in Germany, which has its roots in the early twentieth century. They have analyzed thousands of pages of official records and secret documents, and interviewed both former and active Klansmen. This process has resulted in a shockingly vivid picture of the German Klan branch. The trail not only leads to various geographic areas in the Republic, but also to terrorist groups and government agencies.