German federal prosecutors said today they charged a suspected neo-Nazi with attempting to unleash a “civil race war” in Germany with planned attacks that used 600 homemade explosives and rifles to “preserve the white population.”
A week after authorities attacked alleged far-right militant cells in raids across Germany, the federal prosecutor’s office only named the suspect as Marvin E. and said he had been in custody since September 2021.
Marvin E., 20, of Spangenberg in northern Hesse, is charged with attempting to establish a terrorist organization, as well as preparing a major inflammatory attack and several gun law violations.
Prosecutors said in a statement that Marvin E. “shares the ideology” of the Atomwaffen Division (Atomic Weapons Division, AWD), an international neo-Nazi terrorist network founded in 2015 in the United States.
Marvin E., 20, of Spangenberg in northern Hesse, is charged with attempting to establish a terrorist organization, as well as preparing a major inflammatory attack and several gun law violations. He ran for the CDU in the local elections in 2021 (picture his local election flyer)
Marvin E. planned to launch “a civil race war” over the next three years beginning in the summer of 2021 “to preserve the white population,” they said.
Investigators searched his apartment in September last year and found 600 homemade explosives, as well as a far-right manifesto in which Marvin E. called for the “race war,” reports local news site Hessenschau.
He is said to have researched the purchase of firearms and built “unconventional” bombs with parts purchased online, while planning to start his own local AWD branch and recruit members.
AWD is believed to hold “racist, anti-Semitic and National Socialist views” and plot attacks against Jews, Muslims and other alleged enemies with the aim of destabilizing Western democratic states.
The suspect also ran as a free candidate for the CDU party in the 2021 municipal elections in Spangenberg. When the allegations against him came to light, “the party dissociated itself and emphasized that he was not a party member,” local media reported. †
Investigators found 600 homemade explosives when they searched his apartment in Spangenberg last September (file photo), as well as a far-right manifesto in which Marvin E. called for “race war”
Last week’s raids also targeted suspected members of the group and other far-right extremist organizations, leading to four arrests.
In what Der Spiegel magazine called “the biggest blow to the militant neo-Nazi scene in the recent past,” the federal prosecutor’s office said more than 1,000 officers searched the homes of 50 suspects in 11 states.
Germany’s centre-left government under Chancellor Olaf Scholz took office in December, promising a decisive fight against far-right militants after criticizing the previous government’s laxity with regard to neo-Nazi violence.
Interior Secretary Nancy Faeser said her top priority would be to tackle the country’s “greatest threat: right-wing extremism” after a series of deadly far-right attacks.