As the article points out, the East German government tried its best to keep such stories under wraps, since “officially, the DDR had defeated fascism” (my translation). The article highlights a report from the East German documentary film director and democracy activist Konrad Weiss. Weiss’s report asserts that arrests due to right-wing activity had increased five-fold between 1983 and 1987. The apparent goal of the neo-nazis was the return of a united Germany within the borders of 1938. Weiss suggests that only true democratic reform could stop more and more youths from turning to right-wing ideology.
In fact, the Berlin Wall would fall just three months after Die Welt published the original article. Now the problem of neo-nazi activity in today’s eastern German states is quite well known. The wished-for democratic reform came, but unfortunately could not by itself to hold back the popularity of right-wing ideology among youths in that part of the united Germany.