The Shmooze

Neo-Nazi Switches Genders, and Political Parties

By Michael Kaminer

Horst Strub was an enthusiastic young member of Germany’s neo-Nazi NDP party. Monika Strub, 35, is running for Baden-Württemberg’s state parliament for the nation’s socialist Left party. But they have more in common than their political differences would imply.

In fact, they’re the same person, reports German news site TheLocal.de. Until gender-reassignment surgery, “Horst” sported “cropped hair, a beard and a bomber jacket,” TheLocal says, embracing “the right-wing extremist National Democratic Party (NPD) from 2000 to 2002.”

“Monica” is now a nurse and photographer “who decided to go ahead and campaign for the Social Democrats after convincing the party that she really had changed, not just in terms of her gender but also in her political beliefs,” according to UK site OrangeNews.

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