‘Dark Nazi se­crets’ of Ger­man elite sol­dier

The Sunday Telegraph - - World news - By Jörg Luyken in Ber­lin

IT HAS all the trap­pings of an air­port thriller: an elite sol­dier in Ger­many’s spe­cial forces gains a rep­u­ta­tion as a self­less phi­lan­thropist for set­ting up an or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps vet­er­ans of Ger­many’s se­cre­tive spe­cial forces ad­just to civil­ian life.

But un­der­neath this ve­neer he is covertly prep­ping a crack team of ex­sol­diers and stock­pil­ing weapons ready to ex­e­cute a list of politi­cians when the right time ar­rives. This is no pulp fic­tion though. The ac­cu­sa­tions made against An­dre S – known by his code name “Han­ni­bal” – by a string of Ger­man pub­li­ca­tions is bring­ing a dark tale to life and re­veal­ing how lit­tle Ger­many knows about its most elite troops.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, spe­cial forces sol­diers who Han­ni­bal meets through his char­i­ta­ble work are silently en­listed into this “shadow army” of ex­trem­ists.

The as­ton­ish­ing claims, made by Fo­cus, a news mag­a­zine, ear­lier this month, are sourced from in­side knowl­edge of a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the “prep­per” scene – a rag-tag as­so­ci­a­tion of con­spir­acy the­o­rists who be­lieve the end of so­ci­ety as we know it is nigh. Since the ar­rest of Franco Al­brecht, a se­nior lieu­tenant in the Bun­deswehr on charges of plan­ning an act of ter­ror­ism in 2016, the coun­try has been shaken by the pos­si­bil­ity that neo-Nazis have in­fil­trated its armed forces.

There is also ev­i­dence to sug­gest that Han­ni­bal has been helped by peo­ple higher up in the Bun­deswehr. A mem­ber of the army’s in­ter­nal in­tel­li­gence unit is on trial for tip­ping him off to raids against mem­bers of his group. De­spite the drip-drip of leaks, the De­fence Min­istry in­sists its army is clean.

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