History of the National Democratic Party
The NPD grew rapidly during the 1960's, gaining elected representatives in seven West German provincial parliaments. Initially it was held together by a common commitment to German unification and an end to occupation by foreign armies. The party lacked a radical ideology, however, and this was highlighted when it lost most of its support to established conservative politicians who adopted some of the NPD's goals during the 1970's. At the end of that decade, therefore, the then chairman, Martin Mussgnug, began a restructuring which combined the dropping of much of the early conservative political rhetoric with an emphasis on the ideological education of members. Thereafter the party began concentrating upon building a strong organizational infrastructure, rather than upon short-term electioneering. Consequently, after the partial reunification of Germany in 1990, the NPD was able to gain considerable strength in the eastern part of the country: the former German Democratic Republic. In fact, the party's largest regional organization is currently in Leipzig.
Under Udo Voigt, who has headed the party since 1996, the NPD continues to pursue a revolutionary political course and seeks the active cooperation of serious, like-minded organizations worldwide. In September 1996 the NPD's youth organization sponsored a European Youth Congress attended by 400 German nationalists and representatives of racial nationalist organizations from across Europe and North America, with the National Alliance representing the United States. Udo Voigt was born in the city of Viersen in 1952 and joined the German Air Force (Bundesluftwaffe) in 1972 after completing his professional training in airplane construction. He later completed his officership in the German Army (Bundeswehr) and continued his schooling at training centers in the United States and Greece. He left the Bundeswehr in 1984, having attained the rank of captain. In the following years he studied political science at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, receiving a degree in 1987.
Voigt joined the NPD in 1968, when he was 16 years old, and ten years later he was a branch leader in Freising. In 1982 he became a member of the NPD's leadership council in Bavaria, and two years after he joined the party's national leadership board. In 1984 Voigt was appointed as head of the NPD's education center at Iseo in northern Italy, where his seminars helped to educate the current party leadership. The same year he was given control of security matters, schooling members of the NPD security troop at the regional and national levels.
In 1986 Voigt became part of the Parteipräsidium, the NPD chairman's advisory committee, and in 1992 was elected NPD chairman for Bavaria. In 1995 he became vice-chairman of the party and in 1996 was elected chairman of the NPD.
In the year 2000 the German parliament and the Federal Government wanted to forbid the NPD. They requested the prohibition of the NPD at the Federal Constitutional Court. During the lawsuit it became known, that some stated accusations were produced by agents of the German Secret Service. Finally, on 18 March 2003 the lawsuit was stopped and the party can look again into a hopeful future.
Due to continual failed policies of all the mainstream established Parties events have pushed NPD results upwards.
The NPD was most successful in 2004. The party achieved 9,2 % of the electorate in the state election in Saxony and is now present in state parliament with 9 representatives. As such the NPD could, for the first time since 1968, jump the prohibitive 5 % hurdle and re-enter a state parliament.
Sunday the 17th of September 2006 was a real shock and a slap in the face for the system-parties in the German Federal Republic. Communists, Social democrats, Christian democrats and Liberals expressed their outrage in numerous comments on both TV and radio. A renewed procedure similar to a church ritual whenever German patriots achieve success! In this case a victory of 7.3% of the electorate for the NPD in the north eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In some of the eastern regions results of between 10 to 15% were achieved. This result allows 6 German Nationalists to represent the NPD in State Parliament in Schwerin and means that the NPD is now present in 2 state parliaments. According to reports, the younger the voters were, the better the result for the NPD. Good news for the NPD and even better news for the true Germany.