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The far-right AfD in Germany bans top EU candidate from public appearances

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has banned its main candidate for the European elections, Maximilian Krah, from appearing in public, following his comments that not all SS members were criminals.

A party spokesman confirmed a report in the Bild newspaper on Wednesday that the federal executive committee had banned Krah from appearing in public about two weeks before the EU elections.

Krah stated on the social media platform

The move comes a day after France’s far-right National Rally party said it no longer wants to sit in the same parliamentary group as the AfD over Krah’s comments.

Krah told Italian newspaper La Repubblica that not all members of the SS were criminals, referring to the Schutzstaffel (SS), a major paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.

“I will never say that anyone who wore an SS uniform was automatically a criminal,” Krah said. When asked if the SS were war criminals, he replied: “There was certainly a high percentage of criminals, but they were not all criminals.”

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The Nazi concentration camps were monitored and managed by the SS, which was deeply involved in war crimes. The organization was declared a criminal organization during the Nuremberg Trials after the end of World War II.

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