German neo-Nazi buried in plot belonging to Jewish scholar

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The management of a cemetery in Germany admitted to making a “terrible mistake” by allowing the burial of the ashes of a prominent neo-Nazi on a vacant plot of a deceased Jewish music professor.

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Last Friday, 48-year-old neo-Nazi Henry Hafenmeyer was buried at the grave of Professor Max Friedlander, who died of a stroke in 1934.

Although Professor Friedlander’s remains were moved to a different location in 1980, his gravestone remained on the plot as it was declared a listed monument. dw. Burial plots are reused in Germany after cemetery leases have not been renewed after a period of 10 or 20 years, BBC informed of.


Hafenmeyer’s burial ceremony, held at the Stansdorf South-Western Cemetery in Brandenburg, was attended by right-wing extremists including Horst Mahler, who spent nearly a decade in prison for repeatedly inciting racial hatred and Holocaust denial, a crime in Germany.

The attendants also placed a portrait of Haffenmeyer in front of Friedlander’s covered tomb. Neo-Nazis also laid wreaths on the grave with nationalist messages and ribbons with Nazi-era cross symbols.

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Describing the situation as wrong, Bishop Christian Stablin issued a statement: “The burial of a Holocaust denier at the tomb of Max Friedlander is a terrible mistake and a shocking event given our history.”

He added: “We should immediately see if we can compensate for this and how.”

Samuel Salzborn, the officer in charge of combating anti-Semitism in Berlin, launched legal action against the mourner and a criminal complaint at the Justice Department for allegedly disturbing “eternal peace through the intervention of a Holocaust denier”. registered.

Additionally, the police arrested a man wanted on two warrants during an identity check in the vicinity of the cemetery. He apparently belonged to the “Reich civic scene”, a group related to the Reich civil movement that rejects the legitimacy of the modern German Federal Republic, pointed out. dw.

According to the church, Hafenmeyer’s representatives had requested a more centrally located burial plot. However, the request was turned down as management feared it would become a rallying point for right-wing extremists, reported Guardian.

The cemetery management made a follow-up request on the principle that every human being has a “right to a place of final resting place”.

Brandenburg Interior Minister Michael Stubgen also condemned the church’s decision, saying that “allocating this grave to a Holocaust denier is a fatal mistake and lacks any sense of prudence.”


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