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Church wants to move Max Friedlaender's tombstone

2021-11-19T11:16:14.010Z

A right-wing extremist is buried on the former grave of a Protestant of Jewish origin. The church has apologized for this, now it has found a solution for the memory of the scientist.



A right-wing extremist is buried on the former grave of a Protestant of Jewish origin.

The church has apologized for this, now it has found a solution for the memory of the scientist.

Stahnsdorf - After the scandal surrounding the burial of a Holocaust denier on the former grave of the Jewish scientist Max Friedlaender in Stahnsdorf, the Evangelical Church wants to move the tombstone.

"With the repositioning of the tombstone in a central place in the churchyard, we want to preserve an honorable memory for Max Friedlaender," said the Bishop of the Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia (EKBO), Christian Stäblein, on Friday in Berlin.

A memorial with a stele should honor the life and work of Friedlaender.

That is agreed with the descendants.

A date for the reorganization was initially open.

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The Brandenburg anti-Semitism commissioner Peter Schüler spoke of a good solution. "However, I had imagined that the urn would be reburied," said the head of the anti-Semitism department of the German Press Agency. It is important that the memory of Friedlaender cannot be linked to the grave of the Holocaust denier. The anti-Semitism department is located at the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies (MMZ) in Potsdam, which is supposed to deal with Friedlaender's life historically.

The Holocaust denier was buried on October 8th in the south-west cemetery Stahnsdorf (Potsdam-Mittelmark district) in Brandenburg on the former grave of the Protestant Friedlaender, who was of Jewish origin. The Church had granted the Holocaust denier's request for a final resting place. The cemetery administration rejected the request for a central grave site because there were many graves of the Jewish deceased there. But she chose Friedlaender's grave, which is listed in the burial register with a Protestant denomination.

That sparked outrage nationwide.

The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, had described the funeral as unbearable.

The regional bishop had apologized and announced an examination of whether the urn of the Holocaust denier could be reburied or Friedlaender's tombstone moved.

According to the church, the grave of the Protestant of Jewish origin, who lived from 1852 to 1934, was open for repopulation in 1980.

His listed tombstone is still there.

The south-west cemetery in Stahnsdorf is Germany's largest forest cemetery, according to its own account.

Manfred Krug and Heinrich Zille, for example, rest there.

According to canon law, the cemetery is in Berlin.

dpa

Source: merkur

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