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Germany: New Holocaust memorial 'oblivious to history' if victim's ashes used

Germany, Berlin
December 03, 2019 at 15:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

A federal government spokesperson condemned the Zentrum fuer Politische Schoenheit (Centre for Political Beauty in English) for erecting a monument which the art collective said contains ashes of Holocaust victims.

"Of course the federal government respects art freedom. However, should it prove true that the ashes of victims were used, the federal government would find this extraordinarily irreverent and oblivious to history," said spokesperson Ulrike Demmer at a press conference on Tuesday.

Activists of the Centre for Political Beauty unveiled the 'Pillar against the betrayal of democracy' on 2 December on a square between the Reichstag and the Federal Chancellery, exactly 86 years after Adolf Hitler's seizure of power. On this site once stood the 'Krolloper', a building which national socialists used as a replacement parliament after the Reichstag fire in February 1933.

The allegations that ashes of Holocaust victims have been incorporated into the pillar have sparked a national backlash.

The Centre for Political Beauty said it conducted laboratory tests on 248 soil samples from 23 locations near Nazi concentration camps, 175 of which contained human remains.

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A federal government spokesperson condemned the Zentrum fuer Politische Schoenheit (Centre for Political Beauty in English) for erecting a monument which the art collective said contains ashes of Holocaust victims.

"Of course the federal government respects art freedom. However, should it prove true that the ashes of victims were used, the federal government would find this extraordinarily irreverent and oblivious to history," said spokesperson Ulrike Demmer at a press conference on Tuesday.

Activists of the Centre for Political Beauty unveiled the 'Pillar against the betrayal of democracy' on 2 December on a square between the Reichstag and the Federal Chancellery, exactly 86 years after Adolf Hitler's seizure of power. On this site once stood the 'Krolloper', a building which national socialists used as a replacement parliament after the Reichstag fire in February 1933.

The allegations that ashes of Holocaust victims have been incorporated into the pillar have sparked a national backlash.

The Centre for Political Beauty said it conducted laboratory tests on 248 soil samples from 23 locations near Nazi concentration camps, 175 of which contained human remains.

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