Otto Ernst Remer

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Otto Ernst Remer.

Otto Ernst Remer (18 August 1912 – 4 October 1997) was a German officer who played an important role in preventing the July 20 plot from succeeding.

Remer was promoted, eventually to general, and at the end of the war was serving as a commander in Pomerania. Wounded eight times in battle, he was awarded numerous military decorations for his extraordinary courage and daring in combat, including the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves.[1]

After the war, he was for two years an American prisoner of war, being released in 1947. He co-founded the Socialist Reich Party in West Germany in the 1950. It was banned in 1952, but not before it had gathered 360,000 supporters in Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, and won 16 seats in the state parliament. Among other views, it supported Holocaust revisionism.

While the party was banned, its popularity may have contributed to the Allies and the West German government stopping some of the unpopular "denazification" policies in 1951.

Remer faced criminal charges from the West German Government for his role in party, as allegedly being engaged in attempting to re-establish a National Socialism. He moved to Egypt and possibly other Arab states, serving as a (military) advisor.

He returned to West Germany in the 1980s, once more involving himself in politics with the setting up of an organization entitled Die Deutsche Freiheitsbewegung ("German Freedom Movement"), which advocated the reunification of East and West Germany, and the removal of NATO military forces from Germany.

He also published a newsletter, Der Bismarck-Deutsche.[2]

From 1991 to 1994, Remer published a political newsletter entitled the Remer-Depesche, containing his political philosophy. Its content led to a court case where he was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment in October 1992, for allegd incitement of racial hatred by writing and publishing a series of articles stating that the Holocaust was a myth. In 1994, he moved to Spain to avoid the imprisonment sentence. There he also supported Holocaust revisionism. The High Court of Spain ruled against requests made by the German Government for his extradition back to Germany for imprisonment, stating that he had not committed any crimes under the Spanish law.

Remer, at least in the early postwar period, has been stated to have considered the Soviet Union to be a lesser evil than the argued Jew-dominated United States, stating that it was “synonymous with the destruction of European culture”, but he welcomed the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.[3]

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