|Member of the European Parliament
26 May 2014
|Leader of the
National Democratic Party of Germany
|Preceded by||Günter Deckert|
|Succeeded by||Holger Apfel|
14 April 1952 |
Viersen, North-Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
|Alma mater||FH Aachen
Munich School of Political Science
|Service/branch||German Air Force|
|Years of service||1984-2009|
Udo Voigt (German: [ˈuːdo foːkt]; born 14 April 1952 in Viersen) is a German politician and member of the European parliament who was leader of the National Democratic Party of Germany from 1996 to 2011. He is a former aviation engineer and captain in the German army.
The son of a former Wehrmacht officer, Voigt joined the NPD a nationalist party aged 16 in 1968.
From September 2006 until 2010 Voigt was an elected member of the Berlin municipal government in the Treptow-Köpenick district. Previously he has been unsuccessful at the European Parliament elections and when running for mayor of Saarbrücken.
On March 13, 2008, Voigt was charged (for at least the second time in his life) with incitement (Volksverhetzung) for distributing racially-charged pamphlets. In 2009 he was given a seven-month suspended sentence and ordered to donate 2,000 Euro to UNICEF. Voigt protested the charge, claiming it was politically motivated.
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