|Leader of the National Democratic Party of Germany|
13 November 2011
|Preceded by||Udo Voigt|
|Member of the Saxon Parliament|
29 December 1970 |
Hildesheim, Lower Saxony
|Political party||National Democratic Party|
Holger Apfel (born December 29, 1970) is the leader of the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) and has served as a member of the Saxon Parliament since 2004. He is chairman of the NPD parliamentary group and a member of the presidium of the Saxon Parliament.
Apfel has a long history of activism with the NPD, starting in the 1980s when he was active in the NPD's youth organisation. On 19 September 2004, Apfel led the NPD in Saxony to its biggest electoral success, winning 9.2% of the popular vote and twelve seats in the Landtag.
In 2005, Apfel and his party refused to take part in a moment of silence for the victims of Nazi Germany, which was to be held in the Saxon Landtag. The NPD parliamentary group had previously demanded that a moment of silence be held for the victims of the bombing of Dresden instead. In the ensuing parliamentary debate Apfel called the Allies of World War II "mass murderers" and accused the British of having waged a "holocaust" against Germans.
In the 2005 federal election, he was a candidate for the constituency of Kamenz, Hoyerswerda and Großenhain, and received 6.7% of the votes.
On 13 November 2011, he was elected leader of the NPD.
He is married to Jasmin Langer (born 1983), the secretary general of the NPD women's organisation, Ring Nationaler Frauen. They have three children.
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- Ian Traynor: Dresden parliament in uproar at neo-Nazi outburst in: The Guardian, accessed 22-10-2012
- Stabwechsel bei der NPD in: Blick nach rechts, accessed 14-11-2011
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