Days prior to general election, status quo forces exploit call for national pride regarding German WWII soldiers to extract political capital.

in the Syrian conflict

The conservative voters in Germany have been left without representation as the traditionally right-of-center Christian Democratic Union and their daughter party, the Christian Social Union have adopted ultra-liberal immigrant politics in recent years as part of the coalition government they have formed with the traditionally left-of-center Social Democratic Union. The population has noticed that the two parties have abandoned their traditional platforms in favor of policies in which immigrants are favored by the powers that be over the natives as the present government bends over backwards to make the largely integration-unwilling, often unidentified and wholly unvetted immigrants that purport to come as asylum-seekers feel welcome at the cost of order and security for those that have been in the country long before the immigrant flood beginning in the third quarter of 2015. The violence and fraud perpetrated by those registered for asylum has been under-reported by mainstream sources as Muslim-controlled no-go areas expand, putting unnecessary pressure on a strapped police force , but the population has slowly begun to realize they've been duped. Along comes a party that is more in line with a Germany and Germans first mentality that causes many Germans to cringe because they have been trained to be ashamed of their heritage their entire life. The AFD (Alternative for Germany) party has been gaining support as it dawns on the population that their interests will never be protected by the established parties and those parties are fighting tooth and nail to discredit the AFD at every turn. Dr. Gauland's remarks appear to be blasphemy in the German shame cult, but his point was the same as any leader should be expected to support; those soldiers who fought in WWII believed in defending their country and were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice if need be. Anyone that would make you believe it was common knowledge that prisoners were being methodically exterminated is making an intellectually dishonest argument. The villagers near the concentration camps were shocked when the allies herded them to the concentration camps to witness the remains of the carnage and soldiers on the front were unaware of it as well. If you believe the allies hadn't committed any atrocities during that war, you need to do some research starting with the prisoner camps on the Rhein-Main Wiese. Humanity suffers every time there is an armed conflict, on all sides. An old quote says "The first casualty of combat is the truth.". Article 24 of the Hague Convention of 1907 states that "Ruses of war and the employment of measures necessary for
obtaining information about the enemy and the country are considered
permissible. ", so no one in their right mind can expect that any of the governments involved in that conflict were truthful about anything that might weaken their position or how they or their policies were perceived by outsiders.
This article doesn't bother to mention that the Germans, programmed to be ashamed of their heritage in relation to Jewry since the end of WWII, cowed by spartanic punishment for speaking their mind when it is not politically correct are as a people less inclined to perform hate crimes against Jews than the Muslim 'refugees' that have been led through safe countries to apply for asylum in Germany. The only thing Germany owes these people is to stop letting their government be involved in the Syrian conflict using AWACS spy planes and tanker aircraft in support of the aggressors that have been tearing the country apart for the last years.
The recently passed, by vote of very few members of the parliament, "Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz" or Network Control Law calls for very stiff fines for social media sites that do not remove 'hate speech' from their websites when reported.
The term 'hate speech' has not been legally defined and certain groups have been selected by the government as gatekeepers to classify comments. This law is in direct conflict with Article 5 of the Basic Law, Germany's so-called constitution which was actually forced upon the Germans by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces Europe at the end of WWII when the country was confiscated, but not annexed by the allied forces.
"Article 5
[Freedom of expression, arts and sciences]

(1) Every person shall have the right freely to express and disseminate his opinions in speech, writing and pictures, and to inform himself without hindrance from generally accessible sources. Freedom of the press and freedom of reporting by means of broadcasts and films shall be guaranteed. There shall be no censorship.

(2) These rights shall find their limits in the provisions of general laws, in provisions for the protection of young persons, and in the right to personal honour.

(3) Arts and sciences, research and teaching shall be free. The freedom of teaching shall not release any person from allegiance to the constitution."

Provisions for the replacement of the Basic Law governing the country were written in Article 146
[Duration of the Basic Law]

"This Basic Law, which since the achievement of the unity and freedom of Germany applies to the entire German people, shall cease to apply on the day on which a constitution freely adopted by the German people takes effect."

Oddly enough, posts from Antifa, ISIS-sympathizers and other violent non-conformists threatening conservatives don't seem to show up on the gatekeepers' radar as hate speech.
The Germans have every right to preserve their heritage, identity and the sovereignty of their borders just as any other country would be expected to do.
The polls have the CDU/CSU at around 38% popularity, virtually unchanged by recent events although the party head, Chancellor Angela Merkel has been booed and attacked with tomatoes at recent rallies. This is as believable in retrospect as Hillary's purported 15% lead on the night before Donald Trump won the US election.

The chances of the German people to actually receive their own constitution by voting for the same parties that have thwarted it since the re-unification of East and West Germany are virtually nill, but with the AFD influencing German politics, the German people could have a chance at forming their own way of government and attaining a peace treaty, finally ending the last world war.