May 19, 2021

Day X

By Katrin Bennhold Lynsea Garrison Clare Toeniskoetter Kaitlin Roberts Larissa Anderson Mike Benoist

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A military officer, a faked refugee identity and an alleged far-right assassination plot intended to bring down the Federal Republic of Germany.

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  1. Listen to ‘Day X’
  2. ‘Day X’: Inside Far-Right Extremism in Germany
  3. Introducing: ‘Day X’

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  Listen to and follow Day X now. Episodes will appear each Thursday on this page — and wherever you get your podcasts.Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher
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  A German soldier, a faked Syrian identity and a loaded gun in an airport bathroom crack the door open to a network of far-right extremists inside the German military and the police. It’s a story about a changing national identity — and the backlash against it — raising a question that democracies across the world are waking up to: What happens when the threat is coming from within?
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- Episode 1: Shadow Army?
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  This episode contains strong language.
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  The story of Franco A., the military officer who faked his identity, was widely publicized in the German press. Then reports emerged that he wasn’t alone — that soldiers and police officers across the country were organizing via encrypted messages. They were preparing for the day they believed democracy would collapse, a day they called Day X. In this episode, we ask: Just how dangerous are they?
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+ There is a version of Germany known around the world: a liberal democracy, an economic powerhouse in Europe and a country that atones for the Holocaust with memorials and history lessons in every public school. It’s the Germany that elected Chancellor Angela Merkel and has admitted over a million refugees in recent years.
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+ But in the shadows of this national image, far-right extremism lurks. And over the past few years, Germany has suffered a series of deadly far-right terror attacks, including the assassination of a politician, Walter Lübcke, who was shot on his terrace at close range by a well-known neo-Nazi in 2019. But how new is this far-right extremism, really?
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+ For over a decade, a series of murders in Germany went unsolved. Of the 10 victims, nine were immigrants — and all were shot in the head. Then one day in 2011, a botched escape after a bank robbery revealed that a neo-Nazi terrorist group, the National Socialist Underground, was responsible for the killings.
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+ Speaking to reporters after the group was discovered, Chancellor Angela Merkel said the crimes revealed “structures that we never imagined.” And after the German intelligence service shredded a document salient to the case, some questioned whether the agency may have been infiltrated by double agents loyal to the far right. After the case went to trial, one of the victim’s lawyers, Seda Basay-Yildiz, was targeted with a death threat linked to a police computer.
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+ In this episode of Day X, we ask: Why has a country that spent decades atoning for its Nazi past so often failed to confront far-right extremism?
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Headlines

  • Day X
  • Listen to ‘Day X’
  • ‘Day X’: Inside Far-Right Extremism in Germany
  • Introducing: ‘Day X’

Tags

  • Albrecht, Franco
  • Defense and Military Forces
  • Fringe Groups and Movements
  • Germany
  • Nationalism (Theory and Philosophy)
  • Refugees and Displaced Persons
  • Right-Wing Extremism and Alt-Right
  • Terrorism