The German town where Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party deputy, Rudolf Hess, was buried has banded together to buy a hotel to stop it from falling into the hands of a prominent neo-Nazi lawyer.
The 10,000 inhabitants of Wunsiedel in Bavaria together bought the hotel/restaurant Waldlust after hearing that Hamburg-based lawyer Jürgen Rieder, who is connected to the far-right, wanted to buy it and turn it into an election campaign centre with seminar rooms for the National Party (NPD).
He also wanted to make it a Rudolf Hess memorial centre.
The price they paid for the hotel has been kept secret.
It was Rieder’s second failed attempt to buy a hotel after people in Delmenhorst, Lower Saxony protested last year and prompted city authorities to buy an empty hotel in the city to stop Rieder from acquiring it.
By Jim Glenn at CEN
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