Nazi Lauck NSDAP/AO Chronology . . .

NSDAP/AO Chronology

 

1972

Fall. NSDAP/AO founded.

 

1973

First issue of the German-language newspaper NS Kampfruf (NSK) published. By fall it is a tabloid. Swastika sticker press runs increase from 1000 to 100,000 at a time.

 

1974

November 10 - December 6. Lauck’s speech in Hamburg results in headlines in the Hamburger Morgenpost. Hamburg’s Ministry of Interior orders Lauck’s deportation. Lauck goes underground and later leaves Germany voluntarily.

 

1975

April. First issue of the NSDAP/AO’s English-language newspaper NS REPORT published. (Later renamed THE NEW ORDER.)

 

1976

March - July. Gerhard Lauck arrested in Germany with 20,000 swastika stickers. After 4 ½ months in prison he is sentenced to six months on probation and deported. During this time he writes the NSDAP/AO strategy paper "Die NSDAP/AO: Strategie, Propaganda und Organisation".

December 3. FBI threatens Lauck with grand jury investigation because somebody put NSDAP/AO swastika stickers on the door of a Black politician in San Francisco.

 

 

1977

March 15. Lauck returns to Europe for a month. Major action on continent succeeds without any losses despite police surveillance. Within four week period, the British Home Secretary twice refuses Lauck leave of entry and expells him from country, he’s once detained in Belgium, and his luggage is searched five times.

The 1977 Annual Report of Germany’s Political Police ("Der Verfassungsschutzbericht") reports continued massive NS growth. Between 1974 and 1977 their estimate of the number of NS activists increases from 100 to 900, and of "swastika actions" from 20 to 410, largely due to the NSDAP/AO.

 

1978

September. TNO#17 mentions report that Germany plans to indict Lauck and speculates about possible "terrorism" accusations later.

 

1979

January. Two German television towers destroyed while broadcasting the "Holocaust" film.

January 21. Lauck’s interview with Dan Rather appears on CBS Sixty Minutes. NSDAP/AO mailing address featured prominently at start and end, resulting in flood of mail. It is rebroadcast on July 15.

July. Germany’s Minister of the Interior Gerhard Baum and Federal Prosecutor Kurt Rebmann inform the press of their investigation against the NSDAP/AO, noting it had stepped up its operations in 1978 and claiming it has connections with "neo-Nazi terrorists".

August 23. Gerhard Lauck testifies at postwar Germany’s biggest "neo-Nazi terrorist trial" for Michael Kühnen after being granted temporary amnesty.

 

1981

June 25. Lauck indicted in absentia in Zweibrücken for distribution of NS propaganda.

 

1982

June 29. FBI agent "Howard" visits Lauck, claims proof of large cash transfers, accuses terrorism and threatens legal action to stop publication.

 

1983

Martin Mendelsohn, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, compliments Lauck in a fundraising letter, calling him "probably the most dangerous American Nazi in the country today."

October 5. Canadian government bans the NSDAP/AO newspaper The New Order.

 

1988

Lauck summoned to appear at his own trial in Bremen for propaganda activity on December 6.

 

1989

Lauck receives "limited amnesty" offer from Frankfurt court to testify at still another trial against Michael Kühnen (as he did in August 1979). However, the court also states that there are several arrest warrants against Lauck issued by other German courts and that this limited amnesty offer does not apply to them. Lauck declines to accept.

 

1990

National Socialist movement and NSDAP/AO experience massive growth when Berlin Wall falls.

July. Lauck and Kühnen interviewed by Swedish television in both Denmark and East Berlin. This documentary film, Wahrheit macht free, is later broadcast in sixteen countries.

NSDAP/AO launches Swedish language newspaper Sveriges Nationella Förbund as joint project with Swedish NS organisation SNF.

 

1991

August. NSDAP/AO launches Hungarian-language newspaper Új Rend.

September. Lauck attends series of meetings in Northern Europe.

 

1992

January 2. ABC-Frontline broadcasts interviews with Gerhard Lauck and Austrian Gottfried Küssel (both had been close associates of deceased Michael Kühnen).

January 7. Gottfried Küssel imprisoned in Austria for demanding political freedom in an American television interview. Not released until July 1999.

World Offensive – the NSDAP/AO simultaneously launches newspapers in five languages: French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

March 9. Gerhard Lauck testifies at longest NS trial in postwar German history in Stuttgart after being granted temporary amnesty.

Simon Wiesenthal Center quotes Lauck’s January 2nd ABC Primetime interview: "I think Adolf Hitler is the greatest man who ever lived…but he was too humane."

Summer. NSDAP/AO sponsors the openly NS, public access television program Race and Reason produced in Tampa, Florida.

Summer. NSDAP/AO publishes first "mini-edition" of TNO.

Summer. International NS brigade fighting in Croatia.

July. New NSDAP/AO record: nine large-format newspaper issues – in eight different languages – printed in one month.

December. NSDAP/AO launches tenth NS newspaper, Faedrelandet, as joint project with the Danish NS organization DNSB.

December. German political police (VS) forms task force against NSDAP/AO. Hamburg prosecutor initiates massive case against the NSDAP/AO and the recipients of its material.

December. Anti-nationalist repression in Germany intensifies. During next 15 months ten previously legal nationalist organisations are banned, resulting in many new recruits in the NS underground.

1993

During 1993 Race and Reason tv program expands from one to sixteen cities throughout the USA.

January 5. First German "Legal Aid Request" (LAR) presented to U.S. government. Requests raids in USA, seizures of lists and extradition of NSDAP/AO leaders to Germany. The offense: propaganda activity.

NSDAP/AO finances Russian NS newspaper Our March printed in Russia.

May 19. Cologne meeting netween U.S. and German government officials. U.S. officials suggest modification of LAR.

May 28. German Criminal Police (BKA) report no evidence of connection between NSDAP/AO material and violence.

June 21. Second LAR. Additional accusation: incitement to murder, manslaught, arson and bodily injury. (Note U.S. "suggestion" of May 19!)

July 3. Turncoat Hasselbach interrogation.

July 20. German Political Police ("VS") falsely claim NSDAP/AO distributes computer disks with bomb-making instructions.

August. Annual Rudolf Hess rally mobilizes over 6000 patriots despite counter-mobilization of 10,000 policemen.

August. Gerhard Lauck visits NS volunteers in Croatia and interviewed by Hungarian television.

September 1. Germany’s Foreign Office stresses importance of Lauck case to their Embassy in Washington, DC.

November 15. German/US meeting. U.S. officials offer possible "terrorism" investigation.

November 24. German officials accept terrorism option above.

December 2-19. Three more Hasselbach interrogations.

December 22. Third LAR. Now on basis of terrorism.

December. German government officially accuses the NSDAP/AO in writing of "international terrorism".

Late 1993. FBI Director Freeh visits Germany. Beseeched for help against NSDAP/AO by German authorities.

 

1994

February 20. O Globo (Brazilian television) broadcasts an interview with Lauck.

March 1. Prosecutor asks President of BND (Germany’s CIA) for help with wiretaps, because BKA lacks equipment.

March 2. NSDAP/AO comrade Martin Freling elected to Rotterdam city council.

March 17. U.S. Embassy in Bonn gives Germans information about Lauck.

March 23. BND declines to help. Copy to office of the Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

May 31. Three Ministers – including Interior, Justice and Post – discuss wiretaps on NSDAP/AO telephone lines in America. Never done before. A pilot project.

August-December. Wiretaps on four, later five NSDAP/AO lines. But can only tap two lines at same time, hence alternate. Cancelled after a few months due to weak results.

At meeting of European Ministers of the Interior, Germany asks neighbors for help to stop the flow of NSDAP/AO material into Germany.

September 7. German government issues arrest warrant against Lauck after learning that he plans trip to Denmark.

November 22. Hungarian television broadcasts the Lauck interview filmed in Croatia.

November 28. Lincoln City Council resolution "honors" NSDAP/AO.

German media contact reports the German government asks the U.S. government for help against the NSDAP/AO every month.

 

1995

FBI investigation against Lauck for alleged terrorist contacts triggers NSDAP/AO’s "Operation Fire Drill".

March 6. German arrest warrant against Lauck renewed.

March 7. Lauck tells CBS reporter he expects to be arrested the following week or so, but promises to phone back March l5 to re-schedule interview if possible.

March 12. Lauck arrives in Denmark.

March 15. Lauck intentionally schedules CBS interview in Denmark for the next day, ie the same day as a Nebraska State legislature proclamation denouncing the NSDAP/AO. DNSB (NSDAP/AO’s Danish ally) also sends many faxes to other media.

March 16. CBS interviews Lauck in DNSB hq in Denmark. Lauck says raids and arrests imminent, but NSDAP/AO is prepared, it will survive and fight on.

March 15. Germany issues international arrest warrant against Lauck, who is now wanted in 20 countries.

March 17-20. Nationalist telephone information lines in Hamburg and elsewhere warn that raids against NSDAP/AO material recipients are imminent. (This later triggers an inquiry by the Green fraction in the Federal Parliament about NS infiltration of the police.)

March 20. Lauck arrested in Denmark under international arrest warrant from Germany. (His arrest is kept out of the German press until after the March 23 raids.) Spends next four years in six different prisons in Denmark and Germany.

March 23. 800 police raid over 60 buildings, claim big victory in press. Actually, very little material seized. Later less than a dozen marginal figures are merely fined (not jailed) for possession of NSDAP/AO material.

March 28. Germany requests Lauck’s extradition from Denmark.

March 28. Prosecutor report claims NSDAP/AO terrorist organization operating in at least five countires: Germany, Austria, Denmark, Holland and Spain. (Note: same day as the extradition request.)

May. NSDAP/AO expands into internet.

May 4. Danish Justice Minister orders Lauck’s extradition. Lauck contests it.

June 6. Local Danish court rejects Lauck’s attempt to block extradition. Lauck appeals.

June 8. Internal BKA report states VS and FBI underestimated NSDAP/AO as shown by its continued operations months after Lauck’s arrest.

June 23. Regional Danish court turns down Lauck’s appeal. Lauck appeals to Danish Supreme Court.

August 24. Danish Supreme Court approves Lauck’s extradition to Germany.

August 24. Lauck applies for political asylum. Rejected.

September 1. Lauck applies for asylum on humanitarian grounds. Rejected.

September 5. Lauck flies to Hamburg on private jet accompanied by half dozen Danish policemen, and then taken in armoured limousine to prison IA. Next day transfered to prison VI – maximum security wing.

Autumn. Protest campaign with Travellers Alert aimed at German tourism launched.

October 10. Offenbach Post newspaper quotes VS official admitting failure as shown by continued NSDAP/AO operation despite Lauck’s arrest.

 

1996

January 25. Lauck indicted. (Main file over 3600 pages. Plus 159 supplimental files.)

February 28. Radio Oasis, the DNSB’s openly NS radio station in Denmark, starts broadcasting.

March 8. Court orders continued Lauck detention citing danger of escape to Middle East.

March 16. Per DPA German Justice Minister Schmidt-Jorzig announces there were 5,570 cases against persons for illegal NS propaganda in 1995.

May 8. Hamburg press quotes Wiesenthal claiming Lauck one of most dangerous Neo-Nazi terrorists worldwide, publishing 20,000 NS Kampfrufs etc..

May 9. Lauck’s show trial begins in Hamburg amidst high security and international media interest.

May 10. German judge disregards extradition terms and declares maximum sentence against Lauck could be 14 years plus 11 months versus five years.

August 22. Lauck sentenced to four years prison on one consolidated (propaganda) count: legally publishing six issues of a newspaper inside America! An unprecedented sentence. Media reaction: Interior Minister Kanter and other politicians applaud it. ADL spokesman expresses concern it’ll only increase Lauck’s influence in the future. Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung in Germany and The Spotlight in America question the legality of the case. Leftist press complains the narrow focus on Lauck left the NSDAP/AO structures intact.

November. German Justice Minister Nehm publically threatens (in Der Spiegel #46/1996) to arrest Americans whose internet sites are legal in America, but "illegal" in Germany. Claims jurisdiction because these sites are "accessible" in Germany.

December 11. New Zealand government official writes NSDAP/AO that its literature is unlawful there.

 

1997

March 5. Lauck’s federal appeal rejected.

April. Lauck (a non-smoker) transferred to prison I, put in eight-man hall with smokers, drug addicts and homosexuals. Despite health deterioration caused by these living conditions and his lawyer’s threat of a lawsuit against the prison, he remains there two months. Finally, "extraordinary" measures secure his transfere to a one-man cell.

April 8. Half-sentence parole, routine for non-German citizens, rejected on basis Lauck will resume his publishing activity upon return stateside.

June 4. German Supreme Court refuses to hear Lauck’s appeal.

August 1. Lauck taken to trial in Dresden, but he refuses to testify. Instead he challenges the authorities to either admit their terrorist accusations against him are lies or to indict him on the spot for terrorism.

 

1998

January 29. 2/3 sentence parole denied because Lauck refuses to renounce First Ammendment rights.

August. Mail censorship in Lauck’s prison tightened.

August 25. Lauck threatened with additional legal action referring to himself as a "political prisoner" in a letter to his Danish lawyer regarding German disregard for extradition terms.

November 6. Lauck threatened with additional legal action for letter about preparation for his U.S. legal campaign.

 

1999

New record of four NS-Kampfruf (NSK) issues published during the last six months before Lauck’s release.

March 23. Lauck escorted from Hamburg via Paris to Chicago O’Hara International Airport by two German policemen. Immediately resumes free speech activism.

April. NSK#125 publishes legal warning that BRD officials are personally responsible for their participation in the crimes of the BRD regime and plan for (strictly legal) countermeasures.

Spring. U.S. federal government declares Lauck a "convicted felon" solely on basis of "German conviction" for legally publishing a newspaper in America! Lauck initiates legal counteraction. ACLU takes case.

July 3. Lauck addresses Aryan Nations World Congress in Idaho and gives three television interviews over that weekend.

July 30. Local court rejects Lauck’s appeal against denial of his gun permit application, but leaves First Ammendment issue unanswered. Police legal advisor quoted in front page article in local press on July 31 that this case could go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

August 14. After a two hour television interview, Lauck addresses the Nationalist Forum in Southern California.

August 15. The TRAVELLERS ALERT campaign is launched with a flier distribution at the Los Angeles International Airport in front of the Lufthansa ticket counter. This action – plus Lauck’s speech and interview the previous day – are filmed by KETV television from Omaha. Their report is broadcast on September 9, 1999.

August 17. ACLU appeals to both the Lancaster County District Court and the Treasury Department.

September. PROPAGANDA CD introduced in several language versions, thereby enabling multiple-site production of NSDAP/AO propaganda materials – including newsletters, swastika stickers and posters/leaflets - on low cost laser printers anywhere in the world.

October 6. The NSDAP/AO launches a second, dual-language website – based in Sweden. Later that month, both websites are expanded to ten languages.

October 15. The District Court rejects the Lauck’s appeal on a technicality. Amazingly, neither Lauck nor his attonet are even informed until the following week. The ACLU attorney starts preparation of another appeal.

October 27. Swedish television reports on the NSDAP/AO’s ten-language website based in Sweden. (Lincoln’s ABC affiliate does likewise on November 2.)

October 24 - November 3. A new record: six issues of the NS-News Bulletin, each in a different language, are produced within a ten day period.

November 4. After learning of an arrest warrant, Lauck turns himself in to the Lincoln Police. He is formally charged with a "class four felony perjury" - punishable with five years prison and/or $10,000.00 fine – for non-disclosure of the thought crime "conviction" in Germany. He is released on bail the same day. (The Lincoln Journal Star prints an editorial on November 8 criticizing the local authorities as "too aggressive" for filing a criminal charge before the constitutional issues are satisfactorily answered.)

 

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