Monday, May 6, 2013

Everything You Need to Know About the German 'Nazi Bride' Trial


The last remaining member of a neo-Nazi group — who's being called "the Nazi bride" by the German press, and probably soon the American tabloids — went on trial in Germany Monday for her role in the murder of ten people over a seven-year period, in a case that's remarkable as much for the horrible crimes as the retrograde justice for human-rights violations that were ignored for years.

Beate Zschaepe, 38, faces life in prison for her roles in the murder of eight Turks, one Greek, and German police woman between 2000 and 2007. She was allegedly the sole surviving member of the National Socialist Underground, the far-right neo-Nazi terror group. Along with her two accomplices, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boenhardt, Zschaepe is also thought to be responsible for two bombings and 15 bank robberies. It's unclear which of the two men she's suspected of being married to, but four other men, all suspected neo-Nazis, are also on trial as accessories to the murders or bank robberies. One of them has a tattoo that says "Die Jew Die" across his stomach.

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