Let’s be proud of our wartime record, says Ger­man party chief

The Daily Telegraph - - World News - By Justin Hug­gler in Ber­lin

ONE of the lead­ers of the anti-im­mi­grant Al­ter­na­tive for Ger­many party (AFD) has pro­voked out­rage af­ter he called for Ger­mans to “re­claim their past” and be proud of the mil­i­tary achieve­ments of the Nazis.

Ahead of elec­tions next week­end, Alexan­der Gauland said that if Bri­tons can be proud of Win­ston Churchill then Ger­mans can “be proud of the achieve­ments of Ger­man sol­diers”.

The 76-year-old said: “No one has so thor­oughly cleansed them­selves from the wrongs of the past as the Ger­mans,” and told sup­port­ers at the rally near Leipzig: “We have the right to re­claim not only our coun­try but also our past.”

He added: “If the French have the right to be proud of their em­peror, and the Bri­tish of Nelson and Churchill, then we have the right to be proud of the proud of the achieve­ments of Ger­man sol­diers in two world wars.”

His com­ments came to light when they were posted on Youtube. An opinion poll sug­gests a surge in sup­port could see the AFD emerge as the main op­po­si­tion party in Ger­many.

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