The prepper group Zuflucht
In June 2020, research by the platform LSA rechtsaußen and taz newspaper uncovered a radical right-wing prepper group called “Zuflucht Beuden” in Saxony. Since 2015 it has been preparing for a “race war”. Many members of the German armed forces are among its members, as well as the fraternity Germania from Leipzig, a social pedagogue, a dentist, and a tax consultant.
The group discussed on Facebook how to obtain weapons and kill refugees. They organized meet-ups for shooting practice in a disused shooting hall in Saxony-Anhalt and helped each other obtain fake gun licenses. Their chats are full of far-right extremist, racist, and anti-Semitic statements.
Zuflucht Beuden seems to be linked not only to the German armed forces but also to the judiciary: One e-mail that discussed attacking a politician was also sent to Axel Knoll, a public prosecutor from Leipzig in charge of “political crime” who is also a member of the fraternity Germania.
At least two members of the group are linked to the AfD parliamentary group or individual members of the Bundestag.
An investigation into Zuflucht Beuden was opened in the summer of 2020 in Saxony-Anhalt but it was stopped in October of the same year because the majority of the accused are said to live in Saxony. At present, the Leipzig public prosecutor's office is checking whether investigations should be reopened.
Research by taz and LSA Rechtsaußen (June 5, 2020).
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