The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which is surging in opinion polls, has been split by a row over anti-Semitism prompted by the views of one of its lawmakers.
Thirteen of AfD's lawmakers in a state parliament have formed a new bloc, Alternative for Baden-Wuerttemberg.
The dispute erupted over statements by one legislator, who had suggested the Holocaust was given too much attention. [...]
Wolfgang Gedeon was one of 23 AfD representatives elected to Baden-Wuerttemberg's state parliament in March, after the party took 15.1% of the vote.
In written comments, he had referred to the Holocaust as "certain misdeeds". He has also suggested Holocaust denial - illegal in Germany - was legitimate. [...]
Mr Gedeon's views on the Holocaust were expressed some years ago in a three-volume work on Christian culture in the West.
Apparently Gedeon compared the treatment of Horst Mahler to that of dissidents in China and stated that Talmudic Judaism was hostile to Christianity.
His background is in medicine. It would be interested to know more about the three volume work. Apparently, it was published under the pseudonym W Meister and called Christlich-europäische Leitkultur [The Dominant Christian European Culture] (Fischer Verlag, 2009), subtitled "The challenge of secularism, Zionism and Islam".
Volume Two contains some remarks on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion that suggest a lack of judgement to me. My view is that history records various Jewish groups acting at times in concert to pursue their interests and advance various social projects, as one might expect, but the Protocols are a satire on attitudes attributed to them by their Russian opponents.