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November 22, 2002
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German vandals destroy monument to Nazi victims

Once again, a monument to Nazi victims, has been vandalized in Germany:

A German official on Thursday decried a string of right-wing attacks on memorials to the victims of Nazi-era crimes in the east of the country as the worst in years, after vandals destroyed a brick monument in the town of Leegebruch earlier this week.

"Such a string of attacks on memorials has not been seen in many years," said Guenter Marsch, director of the foundation for the preservation of monuments in eastern Brandenburg state.

Police blame right-wing extremists for the attacks, centered around eastern Germany where a full reckoning of Nazi-era crimes was suppressed by the former communist regime.

A couple of months ago, in September 2002, German Nazis firebombed a Jewish Museum - click here for more details. I copy the full article below.

Monument to Nazi victims destroyed by vandals in eastern Germany
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, BERLIN, Nov. 21, 2002
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A German official on Thursday decried a string of right-wing attacks on memorials to the victims of Nazi-era crimes in the east of the country as the worst in years, after vandals destroyed a brick monument in the town of Leegebruch earlier this week.

"Such a string of attacks on memorials has not been seen in many years," said Guenter Marsch, director of the foundation for the preservation of monuments in eastern Brandenburg state.

Police blame right-wing extremists for the attacks, centered around eastern Germany where a full reckoning of Nazi-era crimes was suppressed by the former communist regime.

In at least seven attacks since the beginning of the year, extremists destroyed a memorial plaque at Raben-Steinfeld; vandalized a memorial in Woebbelin and a memorial column in Lutterow in September, and drew a swastika on the grounds of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp on the November 9 anniversary of Kristalnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, when Nazis targeted Jewish businesses and synagogues.

Neo-Nazis also firebombed a museum honoring the victims of the Nazi death march through Belower Woods, northwest of Berlin, on Sept. 5.

In the latest incident, vandals broke apart the brick memorial at Leegebruch, just north of the capital, early Monday. It was erected in 1950 by the East German Organization for the Victims of the Nazi Regime at the site of a satellite camp belonging to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

Marsch said many thousands of people died at the lesser-known outpost, most of them foreign prisoners.

Morsch said he hoped to rebuild the monument - and he rejected a suggestion by the town's mayor to convert it to a memorial to all victims of terror, a move that would obscure German responsibility to Nazi crimes.

"With that the criminals would have achieved their final goal of destroying the monument," said Horst Seferens, a spokesman for the Brandenburg foundation.

Total damage has probably not exceeded 10,000 euros in the string of attacks. "But it's not a financial questions - it's a question of ideals," Morsch said.

Posted by David Melle at November 22, 2002 11:03 AM
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