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Memorial debate in Murnau: Text comes under scrutiny - Tworek: "Every sentence has to fit"


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Status: 28.11.2023, 20:44 PM

By: Roland Lory

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Fragments of the old Marian column: a memorial is to be created from the rubble. © Market Murnau

The text, which is to be placed on a memorial made from fragments of the former Marian column, will be put to the test once again. On Friday, 1 December, the Working Group (AK) "History of National Socialism" will meet in the town hall to talk about it.

Murnau – In July, the plan was actually as follows: preliminary deliberations in the main administrative committee, then two weeks later the decision in the market town council. But things turned out differently. On the initiative of Mehr Bewegen, the municipal council postponed the application of the Murnau Together association to create a contemporary historical memorial from the ruins of the former Marian column. The Main Administrative Committee had previously voted narrowly with 6:5 votes in favor of the following text on the bronze plaque: "Our old Marian Column, erected in 1859, removed in 1939 during the National Socialist dictatorship, tacitly accepted, broken and covered with moss, its fragments set an example against hatred, agitation and violence, for tolerance, humanity and peace." The Working Group (AK) "History of National Socialism" had formulated this text. Above all, the passage "against hatred, agitation and violence" was controversial.

There were also other concerns in the ranks of the More Move faction. Cultural advisor Dr. Elisabeth Tworek was particularly bothered by the two words "tacitly accepted". She emphasizes: "I can't imagine that a Catholic population simply accepts this." Tworek began researching, including going to the diocesan archives in Augsburg. She found a lot about the pastor at the time, Martin Lohr. "One thing is certain: Lohr was not a follower of the Nazis." For example, the pastor invited Father Rupert Mayer, who preached against the regime during the National Socialist era. "He also spoke in the church of Murnau." Tworek has also done a lot of research on the Marian Column and the veneration of the Virgin Mary in Murnau. You have to "look at the text in its entirety", says the literary scholar. She considers it imperative to discuss the spirit of this new monument once again. What the local councillor also emphasizes: "It has to be historically correct. Every sentence has to fit." It remains to be seen whether the previously planned location in Ainmillerpark will be retained. "More movement has been considered," says Tworek, without getting specific. "The place has to fit the new spirit."

Pastor also participates

On Friday, 1 December, the working group "History of National Socialism" will once again deal with the text at a meeting in the town hall. Tworek has also turned to Pastor Siegbert Schindele, who is coming to the meeting. "That's very important to me."

Incidentally, Tworek speaks out against the passage "against hatred, incitement and violence". "It doesn't fit in with the spirit of a patron saint of peace." But: "Let's wait and see what the others say."

Veronika Jones-Gilch, parliamentary spokeswoman for Alliance 90/The Greens and AK member, is in favour of keeping the passage – also in view of the current demonstrations in connection with the Middle East conflict. "It only looks clever in contrast," says Jones-Gilch.

Dr. Christoph Foerst, deputy chairman of Murnau Miteinander, would also welcome it if the aforementioned passage could be read on the bronze plate in the future. "It has to be something good that refers to then and now." What Foerst also emphasizes is that the text should not be "rushed through in a battle vote". Rather, the large majority of the municipal council should be behind it. This is also how Tworek sees it: It is a matter of finding a text "that everyone can agree to" and that is accepted by the general population.

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Source: merkur

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