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A FORMER GERMAN NEO-NAZI REFLECTS ON YOUTHFUL EXCESSES

ADOLF HITLER AND HIS JACKbooted cohort had Horst Wessel and Wagner's Teutonic blood-music to get them in the mood. Former neo-Nazi hooligan Ingo Hasselbach and his Doc Martens--style head bangers had Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols.

History repeating itself as farce? We should be so lucky. If the 27-year-old Hasselbach's autobiography, Fuhrer-Ex (Random House; 384 pages; $24), demonstrates anything, it is that Germany's small but venomous neo-Nazi movement, along with supporters in Austria and the U.S., can tap the same depths of irrationality that possessed Central Europe 60 years ago. Past and present reminders of that madness now reach us...

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