Cover photo: Höcke at a rally for the 2019 state election PantheraLeo1359531 – Own work
Björn Höcke is a German politician from the right-wing extremist Alternative for Germany (AfD).
With everything Höcke says and does, one might get the idea that he is supporting Russia and Vladimir Putin in their human rights crimes.
Many people deny Höcke's maturity to be in politics. He wants to introduce a mandate after the state elections in Thuringia and a National Socialist federal state. Unfortunately, voters follow him like the supporters who followed the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
It has now become a nightmare incarnate in Germany. His rhetoric hardly differs from that of Goebbels and Co. He uses the words of convicted war criminals and draws the same meaning from them. He stands for miserable National Socialism.
Höcke led the internal party group The Wing, which was classified as right-wing extremist by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, until 2020.
Höcke is known for his nationalist, racist and historical revisionist statements, which are often based on the language and ideas of National Socialism. In doing so, he wants to promote the eternal. Höcke and his henchmen want to shatter the soul of multicultural Germany and establish a Nazi state. It's unacceptable to use any means to do this.
Historical revision is the attempt to falsify or deny historical truth to achieve political goals. Björn Höcke is a well-known historical revisionist who stands for the trivialization and relativization of the crimes of National Socialism.
The Allies wanted to “re-educate” the Germans. Höcke represents an ethnic-nationalist ideology that contradicts the pluralistic and democratic society. He abuses history to mobilize his supporters and defame his opponents. This is not only disgusting and offensive, but also a danger to social peace and the rule of law. That's exactly what he wants to achieve in order to gain power.
The AfD has so far failed to clearly distance itself from Höcke's statements. Some AfD politicians defended Höcke or adopted his positions, such as the concept of remigration, i.e. returning migrants to their countries of origin.
Others distanced themselves from him or expressed criticism, such as former federal chairman Jörg Meuthen, who described Höcke as a “burden” for the party. The AfD is divided within its own ranks about how to deal with Höcke and his right-wing extremist views.
There is currently an online petition calling for Höcke to be deprived of certain basic rights, such as the right to freedom of expression or the right to assembly, because he is misusing them to combat the free-democratic basic order. The petition, which invokes Article 18 of the Basic Law, which provides for the forfeiture of fundamental rights, has already collected more than a million signatures (as of January 17, 2024). The decision lies with the Federal Constitutional Court.