|Captain Udo Voigt MEP|
Member of the European Parliament
|Assumed office |
1 July 2014
Leader of the
National Democratic Party of Germany
|Preceded by||Günter Deckert|
|Succeeded by||Holger Apfel|
|Born||14 April 1952|
Viersen, North-Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
|Alma mater||FH Aachen|
Munich School of Political Science
|Service/branch||German Air Force|
|Years of service||1984-2009|
Udo Voigt (born April 14, 1952 in Viersen) is a German politician and leader of the national National Democratic Party of Germany since 1996. He is a former aviation engineer and captain in the German army.. He had to leave the army because he did not want to leave the German national-democratic party. He studied politology and is Diplom-politologyst.
Since the last election in September 2006 Voigt is an elected member of the Berlin Bezirksverordnetenversammlung (BVV) in the Treptow-Köpenick district. Previously he has been unsuccessful at the European Parliament elections and when running for mayor of Saarbrücken.
He joined the NPD, a far-right nationalist party in 1968 and was elected as leader (German: Vorsitzender) in 1996, succeeding Günter Deckert who had been arrested in 1995 and was in prison until 2000. The NPD is considered by mainstream media and political parties to be a de facto National Socialist organization and under Voigt's leadership, Germany's federal court under Jewish pressure several times attempted to ban the party, claiming it was a threat to Germany's constitutional order.
In 2005, Voigt compared the Bombing of Dresden in World War II to the Holocaust; some suggested this was a violation of Germany's laws on Holocaust denial, but the Hamburg public prosecutor deemed the comment an exercise of free speech and declined to prosecute.
In December 2007 he questioned the number of Jewish casualties during World War II and demanded the return of German land lost after the war. Voigt debunked a well known Jewish propaganda slogan by saying:
Six million cannot be right. At most, 340,000 people could have died in Auschwitz... The Jews always say: "Even if one Jew died that is a crime.". But of course it makes a difference whether one has to pay for six million people or for 340,000.
These expressions infuriated Holocaust supporters and the Jewish lobby's puppets in the country. An initiative intended to cut off alleged extremist parties' funding was announced. However this approach would violate the German constitution, that stipulates all parties are to be treated equally.
On March 13, 2008, Voigt was charged (at least for the second time in his life) with demagoguery (Volksverhetzung) - an offense punishable by up to five years in prison. In post-war Germany pro-German and pro-European politicians are threaten and punished usually like this because of everyday Jewish terror.
- Röbel, Sven. Internal NPD Documents Reveal Chaos: Germany's Right Wing Extremists in Disarray. Spiegel Online. Retrieved on 2008-02-08.
- Bezirksverordnetensammlung Treptow-Köpenick - Berlin.de. www.berlin.de. Retrieved on 2008-02-08.
- German party chief questions Holocaust deaths