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Ikea boss sacked for 'pro-Nazi' Facebook posts

AFP/The Local · 24 Nov 2011, 14:22

Published: 24 Nov 2011 14:22 GMT+01:00

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A spokeswoman for the German subsidiary told AFP that it had learned that the staff member had links on Facebook to members of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD).

"Ikea received a tip that an employee in a managerial position in our store in Wallau (western Germany) expressed opinions and views on Facebook that are in no way compatible with our values," she added in an emailed message.

"That is why we, after an extensive review, decided to take action in the case at hand and will no longer work with the staff member in question."

Local press reports said that the employee, who was not named, had contacts on Facebook with NPD leaders in Berlin and the western Saarland region and swapped "extremist remarks" on the website.

Ikea said it took such allegations seriously.

"Cultural and religious diversity are values that form the foundation of our daily co-existence," the spokeswoman said.

"We can never accept these Ikea values not being respected in everyday working life."

Ikea's Swedish founder Ingvar Kamprad's past links to the Nazism in Sweden were thrust into the spotlight earlier this year following the publication of a new book claiming Kamprad was more active in the Swedish Nazi movement than previously thought.

Among other things, Kamprad is believed to have actively recruited new members to Sweden's main war-time Nazi movement the National Socialist Workers' Party (Svensk Socialistisk Samling - SSS).

In August, German media reports citing document from the Stasi archives claimed that Ikea used East German political prisoners in the 1970s and 1980s to help build sofas.

Germany was also rocked this month by revelations that a far-right cell was now believed to be behind the unsolved murders of at least 10 victims, most of them shopkeepers of Turkish origin, over the course of a decade.

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The scandal has sparked allegations that the country may have turned a blind eye to the threat posed by right-wing extremism, despite Germany's deep-seated shame over its Nazi past.

And it has revived calls by political leaders including Chancellor Angela Merkel to examine a potential ban of the NPD, following an attempt that was struck down by Germany's constitutional court in 2003.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:07 November 24, 2011 by London_Jim
Why the hell do grown adults go on these childish networking sites?

It's desperately childish and attention seeking.
17:24 November 24, 2011 by SockRayBlue
They seek attention for their seamier side that would offput normal people. Hiding behind or in Facebook falsely gives them a place to hide. Obviously Herr Dumpkoff hadn't thought out his plan very well as you can see.
23:57 November 24, 2011 by RonHess
This is part of the plan to destroy the Germanic people.

1.) Crush every business that is not a huge multinational corporation.

2.) In order to work for a huge multinational corporation and survive, one must support the destruction of one's own people through multicultural brainwashing.

3.) Forget it, if you love your people and don't want them destroyed, you are an evil nazi and deserve to starve.
06:52 November 25, 2011 by prince T
Rnhess sould be banned from TL.
23:08 November 26, 2011 by kerry1
The dogs in the street know that there is a growing Neo Nazi rise in Europe

especially Germany, and it is spreading...............immigrants mainly Turks

or dark skinned person can be at risk,. Oh, God now we Germany in Ireland

and they are now in command. Well done Hitler, you won the war.
10:47 November 27, 2011 by 15U
this is totally unfair life!

Please tell me who is bigger Nazi the IKEA manager who does such childish pro-Nazi bla-bla-bla or IKEA manager who is not pro-Nazi but fires good workers just because he doesn't like them personally. The last case is quite common case for'example in Russia. Mothers with children becomes unemployed and have to suffer. I hate this economic order!

IKEA dont try to look so nice! we all new the truth.
23:43 November 27, 2011 by Schwoebel
Why should a guy be fired for his personal views? Did he make his employees wear swastikas?
16:16 November 28, 2011 by Grippen
@princeT - you realise that your own ideas are so weak, that in order for them to survive, all other ideas should be banned?
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