22 October 2015

More witnesses on the documents showing the NSU scouting out potential victims.

The first witness today, a federal criminal police detective, had evaluated the maps of the city of Kiel found in the Frühlingsstraße apartment. As to the contents of these documents, his testimony was far from spectacular. However, in describing the institutions listed, the witness several times referred to “Islamist” institutions when he meant “Islamic” ones, and when the presiding judge asked him about his terms, dug his own hole ever deeper: “I mean oriental, Ottoman, …”, generally institutions representing people with “backgrounds differing from that of the German Volk itself”. As is to be expected, this lead to murmurs of contradiction within the courtroom and in the public gallery. In reaction to these, Wohlleben defense counsel again showed his rightwing tendencies and loudly asked the presiding judge to restore order in the court.
Another federal police detective reported on maps and other material concerning several cities. The material concerning Zwickau – like that for Chemnitz – contained a lot of markings, but none of these concerned potential targets according to the NSU’s usual categories. Whether these markings concern flight routes for bank robberies, or whether they have some other relevance, e.g. for the NSU’s structure, could not be cleared up.

Material concerning Greifswald and Plauen (both in Eastern Germany) contained markings for banks. In Ludwigsburg and Dortmund (both in Western Germany), the markings concerned Turkish and Islamic institutions, members of parliament, and shops whose proprietors had Turkish roots, some with detailed notes which could only stem from personal observations. One handwritten note reads “residential area like in Mühlheim Cologne” – a reference to the Keupstraße in Cologne, where the bombing attack took place in June of 2004. One map and list concerning Dortmund had been printed out of 3 June 2006, one day before the murder of Mehmet Kubaşık in that city.

At the end of the trial day, victims’ counsel moved that the “Kriegsberichter” videos, published by “NS88” Records, a label of Blood and Honour Scandinavia, be played in court. Two weeks ago, a founding member of the “Kameradschaft Jena” had testified (see the reports of 16 September 2015 and 7 October 2015) that he had watched these videos with “comrades” and that they had led to discussions on a “militant organization”. The videos can quite drastically show the extremely violent and racist ideology which was already quite prevalent in the mid-1990s, including in the “Kameradschaft Jena” from which the NSU’s members came.