^^^^That I would defend the right of free speech does not mean that I have to agree with what is said. Moreover, fascists are hardly folks that one can depend upon to respect the right of free speech.
At any rate, my point was that the AfD had disturbing elements of Nazi support within its ranks. Along these lines, I would also remind you of this passage from
the article cited in the opening post to this thread:
This follows revelations published by Stern magazine just last year in March that the head of AfD-Saarland, chairman Josef Dörr, was using WhatsApp messenger and his email to collaborate with locally known and active neo-Nazi leaders in his state. The local faction leader working for Dörr, AfD co-deputy Lutz Hecker, was also found corresponding with local Saarland neo-Nazis.
Most shockingly, however, both Dörr and Hecker were actively recruiting members from rank-and-file supporters of various Saarland neo-Nazi groups into their own local AfD faction. This included supporters traditionally voting for the Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands (NPD) party in German elections. Saarland AfD party leaders gained access to active neo-Nazis in the area after lobbying their appeals to local neo-Nazi organizers, such as senior NPD party member Sascha Wagner and a prominent public hate speech artist Ulrike Reinhardt
Now, it does seem that this embrace of neo-Nazi elements is by a faction within the AfD. So, we may be talking about a faction with a political party that itself does not represent the main stream of political opinion within Germany. While 13% may be an historic high for this party, it is still well short of a majority. Nor does Merkel seem inclined to welcome this party into a governing coalition, despite her conservative nature.
As pointed out by others in this thread, Germans have much to feel proud about. "Military achievements of World War II" is not one of them.
At any rate, I am glad that we agree that the "U-turn" is not a development to be liked.
You may have a point regarding being "sick of endless self-flagellation". As a German acquaintance of mine visiting our neighbor once remarked in exasperation to me, "I was not even born when Hitler was alive." Still, that individual held some relatively progressive views concerning the world. So one can resent expectations of "endless self-flagellation" and still firmly and decisively reject reactionary policy positions. I remain hopeful that most Germans will continue to do just that, and do not want to see any further gains by the AfD within the German political system.