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Swedish kids invited to neo-Nazi summer camp

Published: 14 Jun 2011 12:10 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Jun 2011 12:10 GMT+02:00

The camp is being organised by the Party of Swedes (Svenskarnas parti -- SVP), which has its roots in Sweden's neo-Nazi movement.

“Targeting young people is a very conscious strategy of these organisations. It is easier to reach young people with Nazi-propaganda before they have really made their mind up on what Nazism stands for,” journalist Johannes Jakobsson told The Local.

Jakobsson, who writes for Swedish magasine Expo, which studies and maps anti-democratic, right-wing extremist and racist tendencies in society, said there is little doubt about the party's heritage.

“The party leadership is the same as the old National Socialistic Front (National Socialistisk Front – NSF), they represent an ethnic nationalism and they believe in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” he said.

In July, the party is organising a gathering for “all nationalists” under the name of Nordisk Vision 2011 ('Nordic Vision 2011').

The camp, which is described as a “summer-camp with drive” has on its agenda “several interesting lectures, speeches, workshops, competitions, self-defence classes, airsoft, rounders and a lot more,” according to the party's website.

The location of the camp is a secret as organisers fear harassment.

“We have a fixed gathering point but from there the directions are secret. We can’t make the location official after all the harassment we have been subjected to in the past,” organiser Andreas Carlsson told Dagens Nyheter (DN).

According to Carlsson, there is no political agenda to the gathering. He told daily DN that the aim is to “have fun, creating kinship and meeting new people".

Carlsson told daily Aftonbladet that the focus for the kids would be on “having fun” but that everyone will be able to take part in a debate on the Sunday where one of the topics will be “Who is a Swede and who isn’t?”.

But the organisers would not agree that the camp itself is targeting young people, despite Swedish media calling it a "Nazi children's camp".

They are marketing the camp as having activities for both “young and old” and claim that children under 15 go in for free as it is a family event and they want to subsidize the price for families.

However, that doesn't mean that everyone is invited.

“You can have a foreign name, but if it is from outside Europe it becomes more difficult. And we don’t necessarily see someone as Swedish just because they have a Swedish citizenship,” Carlsson told DN.

Jakobsson says that there is no reason to doubt that the participants won't be paddling, playing rounders and taking part in all the activities advertised on the webpage.

However, he doesn't believe that the gathering is without a political agenda.

“They have said that they will have political speeches and discussions so when they say that it’s not political they are contradicting themselves,” he told The Local.

The Party of Swedes party is formerly known as the People's Front (Folkfronten) and was founded by members of the former National Socialist Front (Nationalsocialistisk front, NSF) in November 2008.

At the time it dissolved, NSF was the largest neo-Nazi political party in Sweden. It became a political party on April 20th, 1999, the 110th birthday of Adolf Hitler.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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12:48 June 14, 2011 by djmarko
jokers, nothing better to do in their spare time!!!
12:50 June 14, 2011 by miss79
hmm..not good for the future of sweden
13:02 June 14, 2011 by Rick Methven
"“You can have a foreign name, but if it is from outside Europe it becomes more difficult. And we don’t necessarily see someone as Swedish just because they have a Swedish citizenship,” Carlsson told DN. "

Does that exclude Jesus of Nazareth and Attila the Hun or just Jesus?
13:06 June 14, 2011 by Plowbridge
Aaah that's nice. Presumably goosestepping in the swimming pool will be good practice for a career in syncronized swimming.

Bless their little toothbrush moustaches.
13:09 June 14, 2011 by Lemon1987
Overall : Tragedy

Personally: realy bad joke , propagating fascism and any sort of rascism hatred is blatant stupidity which kills human´s dignity .
14:06 June 14, 2011 by jgmouton
Why do you promote nazism? Why write this article?
14:21 June 14, 2011 by RationalG.
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14:38 June 14, 2011 by jostein
For once expo is tellin the truth, SvP is, more or less, a nazi party. But also, this sortof illustrates the problem with expo. Since they call any1 who deviates from the dogmas of the present regime nazis theyve worn out the word. Expo and the wanton partisan worldview they represent is a greater threat to democracy than this sorry lot.
14:48 June 14, 2011 by zircon
I'm hurt. You can't join when having a foreign name? Even if that name was Frankenstein?
15:07 June 14, 2011 by philster61
Talk about totally out dated ideology..... But these are Nazis without the army.... fakes.
15:09 June 14, 2011 by Lemon1987
@ zircon:

Yes your right. Except : first name for Frankie is Adolf :D
15:15 June 14, 2011 by jacquelinee
You can't be included if you have a foreign name :-( How sad! What if the name is Himmler or Hess or Hitler? Pretty sure those names would have NO problem to be included in the festivities.
15:39 June 14, 2011 by technoviking
Nutjob idiots.
15:40 June 14, 2011 by zircon
Let's put it in another way. My name is Leopold Frankenstein, from the House of Frankenstein, from Frankenstein in Germanic Nibelungen. Leopold is also in the paternal line of Ivan Frankenstein, great great grandfather to Rudolf Frankenstein, father to Leopold. (Oh yes, that's me.) My wife's name is Gretl. (Sounds European enough, I think.) But maybe we're Semites thinking we're qualified to become Nazis? Please, let me in? I beg you...
16:18 June 14, 2011 by Strongbow
"It is easier to reach young people with ______-propaganda before they have really made their mind up on what ______ stands for"

Insert socialism/anarchism/religion/whatever.

@zircon: It says in the article "You can have a foreign name, but if it is from outside Europe it becomes more difficult." Germany is still in Europe, right?
18:36 June 14, 2011 by mkvgtired
Wouldn't European hate speech laws be able to be used against these people?
18:47 June 14, 2011 by Rick Methven
"The party leadership is the same as the old National Socialistic Front (National Socialistisk Front – NSF), they represent an ethnic nationalism and they believe in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,”

I understand they where sailing close to being banned for breaking hate laws which is why they took a leaf out of the SD book and tried to make everybody believe that they had a 'miraculous conversion' from hating everybody to being nice traditional Svenssons who like to play healthy games in the woods. Bit like the Hitler Youth.
18:52 June 14, 2011 by zircon
You people have never learned to love properly.
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