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Germany: Vandals cut down tree honoring victims of neo-Nazi terrorists

9.10.2019 7:46
The building in Zwickau, Germany that was used as a final hideout by the trio of neo-Nazis from the so-called
The building in Zwickau, Germany that was used as a final hideout by the trio of neo-Nazis from the so-called "National Socialist Underground" who murdered 10 people. Local officials did not want the place to become a pilgrimage site for right-wing extremists and demolished it in 2012. Uwe Böhnhardt, Uwe Mundlos and Beate Zschäpe hid out there from 2008 to 2011. Böhnhardt and Mundlos committed suicide in the apartment in order to avoid arrest in November 2011. Zschäpe then set it on fire. She is now serving a life sentence. (PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons, André Karwath)

An oak tree that was planted in the eastern German town of Zwickau, Saxony last month in memory of the first victim of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU) group, the 38-year-old florist Mr Enver Simsek, who was of Turkish origin, has been cut down. Mayor Pia Findeiss released the information on 7 October.

"The felling of this tree testifies to the intolerance here, to the lack of understanding of democracy, and to contempt for the victims of this terror and their relatives," the Social Democratic politician said of the crime which German counter-intelligence is now involved in investigating. German Government spokesperson Steffen Seibert called the action shocking.

Seibert called for the incident to be investigated and for the victims of the murder spree committed by the NSU to be commemorated. The German authorities have attributed 10 murders to the group, all committed between 2000 and 2007.

Most of the victims were immigrants. The only surviving member of the terrorist organization, Beate Zschäpe, was convicted last year and sentenced to life in prison.

Her colleagues Uwe Böhnhardt and Uwe Mundlos committed suicide when the trio was discovered by police in 2011. The two men fired nine rounds at Mr Simsek on 9 September 2000 in Nuremberg as he was sorting flowers in his vehicle.

Mr Simsek succumbed to his injuries two days later. The NSU was active in Zwickau and went undetected for years.

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Germany, Násilí z nenávisti, Neo-Nazism, terrorism, ultra-right, vandalismus



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