The brown tradition of the Biedenkopf CDU
Ref.: By Ulrich Rippert,
There are a number of indications that the additional two votes cast
for the NPD in important policy decisions in the
Following a visit to Stuttgart and other west German cities, Heitmann
had explained that, based on the high percentage of immigrant workers, he was
“struck by the strangeness that was positively threatening,” and he had come to
the conclusion that “Germans must be protected against too many foreigners!”
After making these comments, he had to withdraw his candidacy for
In this respect, a look at Kurt Biedenkopf and his political career is
also informative. He is the son of a National Socialist military industrial
leader—his father William was a technical director of the Buna work in Schkopau
during the Third Reich. The plant at the time belonged to the I.G. Farben company. In 1967, Biedenkopf junior, who was born in 1930,
attained a doctorate and master of law. He then went on to become the youngest
university rector in the
One of his most important political promoters was Dr. Fritz Ries. The industrialist Ries—a member of the Nazi party since 1934—raked together a large fortune as a “supplier of the armed forces” and was typical of a layer that profited from the war. At the same time, his speciality consisted of expropriating Jewish enterprises, in line with Nazi policy, and then employing Jewish forced labourers to maximise profits.
The author Bernt Engelmann writes about him: “In this way, for example, in the ‘expropriated’ enterprise of the Upper Silesian rubber works in Trzebinia (West Galicia) alone, he employed, according to a June 30, 1942, ‘prison report,’ a total of 2,653 Jewish forced labourers, of whom 2,160 were women and girls. Primarily with their assistance—i.e., on the basis of ruthless exploitation—production rose in Trzebinia...by around 12-fold” (Bernt Engelmann, Schwarzbuch: Strauß, Kohl & Co., Cologne, 1976).
In Polish Lodz, Ries took over an “Aryanised” large-scale enterprise
with 15 rolling mills. Shortly before the end of war, and after fleeing the
advancing Red Army, he escaped to the West with a majority of his fortune.
Nevertheless, after the surrender of
Alongside Kurt Biedenkopf, politicians systematically supported by Ries
in the post-war decades include the future Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl (CDU)
and the Bavarian Prime Minister and CSU Chairman Franz Franz-Josef
Strauß. In 1979, Biedenkopf married Ries’s daughter Ingrid. Together, they
The CDU’s connections to right-wing extremist circles and fascists are thus neither new nor surprising, and the latest calls for the “unity of all democrats” only serve to perpetuate policies that which play into the hands of the extreme right.