The group has set itself out from other far-right organizations by adopting traditional Nazi ideology, anthropologist Tina Wilchen Christensen, an extremism researcher at Aarhus University, told Ritzau.
“They have the old Nazi message that all bad things are caused by Jews and Judaism,” Christensen said.
While other far-right groups focus much of their attention on Islam, NRM, or Nordfront as it is also known in Denmark, is a proponent of “pure Nazism”, according to the researcher.
“With regard to NRM, they are antisemitic and holocaust deniers, they have summer camps for people in the movement, and they have the Nazi family view in that women are encouraged to stay at home and have a lot of children,” she said.
“There are many levels on which it’s pure Nazism,” she said.
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One of the two arrested men is 38-year-old Jacob Vullum Andersen, leader of a local NRM section, Ritzau reports.
Andersen previously denied links between NRM and the vandalism but said he supported several of last weekend's antisemitic incidents, which also included graffiti and yellow Star of David stickers placed at the home of a Jewish couple in Silkeborg.
The yellow Star of David is the symbol Jews were forced to wear by Nazi authorities during World War Two.
Both accused men have denied carrying out the Randers vandalism and the group denies links to the incident.
The NRM movement emerged in Sweden in the late 1990s but did not attempt to establish itself in Denmark until recent years.
“This has gone on for a long time in Sweden, since 1997. In Denmark it has probably been more on-off. I’ve not come across them in Denmark but I know from other researchers that they have been trying to establish themselves (here),” Christensen said.
Sweden has seen demonstrations held by the group in several cities and with hundreds of participants.
According to its own website, the Danish branch of the organization has attempted to spread propaganda at schools.
Christensen said she did not know how many members the group has in Denmark, but said its Danish branch has a “general strategy of spreading propaganda”.
She noted that NRM demonstrations in other countries have resulted in violence.