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Germany: Anti-Semitic church sculpture in centre of court dispute

Germany, Naumburg
January 21, 2020 at 20:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

A court in the German city of Naumburg said it would probably reject a Jewish man's bid to remove an anti-Semitic relic from the town Church, on Tuesday.

The 'Judensau' or Jewish pig sculpture on the Wittenberg church, which depicts three Jews suckling on the teats of a giant sow, dates back to around 1300. As pigs are considered 'impure' in Judaism, the sculpture is considered offensive by many.

"The judensau (Jewish pig) cannot be integrated into a Shoha memorial, this is an absurdity never seen before," said plaintiff Micheal Dullmann who added he would take the case to the German Supreme Court.

A final verdict will be announced on February 4.

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A court in the German city of Naumburg said it would probably reject a Jewish man's bid to remove an anti-Semitic relic from the town Church, on Tuesday.

The 'Judensau' or Jewish pig sculpture on the Wittenberg church, which depicts three Jews suckling on the teats of a giant sow, dates back to around 1300. As pigs are considered 'impure' in Judaism, the sculpture is considered offensive by many.

"The judensau (Jewish pig) cannot be integrated into a Shoha memorial, this is an absurdity never seen before," said plaintiff Micheal Dullmann who added he would take the case to the German Supreme Court.

A final verdict will be announced on February 4.

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