The memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, known as the Holocaust memorial, has again been desecrated.
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As the Berlin police announced on Friday afternoon, a security officer noticed two mirror-inverted swastikas carved into a block of stone in the morning. The swastikas were ten by ten centimeters.
In addition, an anti-constitutional slogan was smeared, the wording of which the police initially did not explain further. As the Tagesspiegel learned from the police, it was the slogan “Heil Hitler”, which was also forbidden.
Public witnessing of the swastika and the dissemination of various Nazi slogans is prohibited and punishable in Germany. It is the use of symbols of unconstitutional organizations.
The police state security at the State Criminal Police Office, which is responsible for politically motivated crimes, took over the further investigations. As early as February, unknown persons had carved a swastika into a stele at the monument.
The support group “Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe e.V.”, which is committed to the preservation of the memorial, reacted with horror at the desecration on Sunday.
In a statement, Chairwoman Lea Rosh said: “It is with disgust and horror that we have had to take note of the renewed desecration of the memorial to the 6 million murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin. Another anti-Semitic attack that joins a long line of anti-Semitic attacks and attacks.
The fact that the perpetrators, who to all appearances see themselves as good National Socialists, apparently don’t even know in which direction their swastika is pointing, makes it clear that extreme right-wing excesses and a lack of education are closely related. More education and awareness is needed to fight racism and fascism.”
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe near the Brandenburg Gate is Germany’s central Holocaust memorial. This was inaugurated in 2005.
It consists of the field of stelae designed by Peter Eisenman with more than 2700 stelae and the underground information center. The Field of Stelae is accessible day and night. (tsp)