The right-wing extremist “people's teacher” Nikolai Nerling was guilty of sedition in the concentration camp memorial.
This was determined by the Munich II Regional Court on late Friday evening after an almost grotesque hearing at the end and thus confirmed the verdict passed against Nerling a year ago in Dachau.
Munich / Dachau
Munich / Dachau
- Anyone who has ever seen the Dachau magistrate Lukas Neubeck knows: This man is neither influenced by public opinion, nor is he afraid of criticism of his judgments.
But that is exactly what the Berlin lawyer Martin Geisler assumed on Friday in the Munich district court.
The proceedings in Dachau for sedition and trespassing, in which his client von Neubeck was found guilty in both cases and sentenced to a fine of 10,800 euros, “had nothing to do with a proper court hearing”.
Neubeck was under such great public pressure "in the small town of Dachau" that he couldn't help but condemn Nerling.
"What would Mr. Neubeck have expected if he had acquitted Mr. Nerling in Dachau?" Asked Geisler - and gave the answer himself: "The man would have been ostracized in Dachau!"
Geisler's colleague Andreas Wölfel, who had already represented the cameraman Nikolai Nerlings in Dachau and now again, before the regional court, against whose conviction for aiding and abetting sedition and trespassing, went even further.
"Conciliation justice" is not only practiced in Dachau, but also in Munich.
The regional court was exposed to such “public expectations that had nothing else in mind than the conviction of my client”.
Even before the verdict by the presiding judge at the regional court, Johannes Feneberg, Wölfel announced that he and Geisler would move on, before the higher regional court and, if necessary, before the federal court.
The speaker and the pupil remember well
Feneberg, however, was not upset by this rhetoric.
Fairly and patiently, he once again heard all the witnesses to the incident that occurred on February 4, 2019 at the concentration camp memorial.
The most important role was played by the memorial site advisor, whom Nerling had noticed and recognized at the time and who had then called for help in the administration building.
The speaker withstood the questions of the defense attorneys, even if they were struggling to pronounce their Slovak surname fundamentally wrong: This is how they called the witness, who is actually called Gruberova, “Grubinova”, “Grubanova” or “Gubinova”.
Other key witnesses: the group of schoolchildren who were supposed to be led across the former concentration camp grounds by the advisor that day: They all remembered how Nerling warned them not to believe everything that was told to him there.
The questions from the defense lawyers, for example whether they had been incited against Mr. Nerling by the speaker afterwards, left the young people cool with nothing.
No, so the replies, they were not influenced by anyone.
A 16-year-old put it in a nutshell: At this point, she interpreted Nerling's warning not to believe everything that was told to her "of course as a denial of the Holocaust, even if the word Holocaust was not mentioned".
The prosecutor was really enthusiastic about this 16-year-old: She was “an incredibly clever girl”, in whom the “ideological character” assumed by the defense was absolutely “not evident”.
In any case, the case is not about "conviction justice": Nerling and his cameraman committed trespassing while filming their "Against the Guilt Cult" video, "moved towards an unprotected group of students" and played down and denied the Holocaust in a symbolic place.
In doing so, they did not “gush something on the Internet after the 37th Halben Oettinger”, but went to Dachau specifically and tried to spread “a dripping poison” there, which in the end “harms our whole society”.
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Nerling reports of a difficult childhood
Nerling and his cameraman saw it differently - and gave almost grotesque closing remarks on Friday evening at an advanced hour.
The cameraman said, tearfully, that he had turned away from the right-wing scene and Nerling and that he would actually much rather shoot videos about art or architecture.
Nerling reported on his difficult childhood, in which his "anti-fascist" father prevented him from growing up "free and happy" without guilt.
He closed his lament with the assertion that he only wanted to talk to the young people and challenge them to think critically.
Then he performed Theodor Storm's Christmas poem “Knecht Ruprecht”.
Judge Feneberg and his two lay judges seemed unimpressed.
Nerling's sentence that the children should not believe everything they are told at the memorial is clearly sedition.
For this, the 40-year-old has to pay a fine of 6000 euros.
On the other hand, the Feneberg court acquitted of the accusation of trespassing: The Dachau police had apparently lost the memorial's complaint, so in fact Nerling had not been reported for it.
The complaint against the cameraman was filed properly, which is why he is now supposed to pay a fine of 1500 euros for it.
Unlike Neubeck, however, Feneberg did not see the aid to incitement to hatred as proven.