Book Launch - The Radical’s Journey: How German Neo-Nazis Voyaged to the Edge and Back

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Arie Kruglanski, Daniel Koehler and David Webber discuss their upcoming book on recruitment to, engagement with, and exit from Germany’s far right fringe.

How and why do people become Neo-Nazis? How does it feel to be one? What makes one leave the movement? What is it like to be a former member? These issues are examined in detail in this important book. 

Based on in-depth interviews with 40 German former Neo-Nazis, the book traces their journey from joining the movement, through long term participation, to the decision to quit, and the experiences of being back in the mainstream society. It delves into the psychological factors that are shared across violent extremism in all its forms and those that are unique to the historical and cultural context of Germany. The book brings together cutting edge theory, a deep understanding of the roots of contemporary German far-right extremism, and striking empirical data. "If you read only one book on the German far-right in English, make it this one!" (Peter Neumann, founding director, International Centre for the Study of Radicalization, King’s College, London).


  • Arie W. Kruglanski, Ph.D, Distinguished University Professor (in Psychology) at the University of Maryland
  • Dr. Daniel Koehler, Director, German Institute on Radicalization and De-Radicalization Studies (GIRDS)
  • David Webber, Assistant Professor, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University


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