ⓘ Philip Steinbeck
Philip Steinbeck is a German property-businessmen and supporter of traditional far-rights as well as the New Rights. He is engaged in Alternative for Germany state organization of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Steinbeck is natively from Hamburg and lives in Southern Mecklenburg. He owns several properties in Lubtheen in southern Mecklenburg. He lives in his manor-house Jessenitz Herrenhaus; he rents at least ten more houses. In the Volkshaus Lubtheen bought by Steinbeck in 2008, an AfD district party conference took place in December 2016, and his Herrenhaus had previously been used for a party event.
2. Right-wing politics and patronage
Steinbeck is considered to be well networked in the right-wing scene and as a puller for the right wing faction of AfD in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. He made contacts from the AfD to the far-right nationalistic Nationaldemocratic Party of Germany NPD.
Steinbeck worked in the 1990s for the parliamentary group of the right-wing extremist party German League for People and Homeland in Schleswig-Holstein. He and his business partner Christian Schoppe were members of the Hamburg fraternity Hansea until 2008. Both were known to the Hamburg intelligence agency as actors in right-wing circles. Steinbeck also had well contacts to the NPD, such as the former NPD Federal Chairman Udo Pastors. Steinbeck was on a donation list of the NPD in 2011. Steinbeck has been involved in the AfD since 2015. He was active for them in the state election campaign, but has so far not run for any position in the party. Right-wing AfD politicians like Dennis Augustin were supported by Steinbeck. Augustin ran for 4th place on the AfD state list in the 2017 federal election, but failed to enter state-parlament. Augustin was considered the preferred candidate Steinbeck. In November 2018, Steinbeck appeared as a speaker at a joint demonstration by the NPD, AfD and Reichsburger.
About 2017 Steinbeck and others founded in the Herrenhaus a AfD-internal group referring to medieval crusaders with an Islamophobic attitude. Accordingly, the group has existed for around two years and its members wear small red crosses on the lapels of their suits. The symbol apparently refers to the Santiago Order of battle, which existed in the Middle Ages and fought in the Reconquista to recapture the Iberian Peninsula. The Christian struggle against the Islamic occupiers.
Party members report that the castle group is said to have had several influences on the fate of the AfD state association in recent years. Merely because of their mere membership, the crusaders are able to influence personnel elections in their sense. This had been achieved, for example, when in November 2017 the almost certain election of todays AfD Bundestag member Enrico Komning as the second state chairman alongside Leif-Erik Holm was prevented - instead, the party congress at that time chose the previously largely unknown Dennis Augustin.