Saturday 10 November 2018
In Wittenberg, a refugee boat commemorates "compassion and charity" as a monument. On the anniversary of the Reichspogrome is set on fire. The suspicion that there may be a connection upsets the city and the church.
The refugee boat erected as a monument in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg was burned extensively during the Saturday night. Who has lit up, the police can not yet say. Detects in all directions. A politically motivated act can not be excluded, they say.
The 15-meter long boat was presented last year as part of the World Reformation Exhibition as a sort of art object, as announced by the police and the city. By boat, in June 2013, 244 men, women and children had fled from North Africa to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea. Their road had led from Libya to Sicily, it was said.
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For the non-party mayor Torsten Zugehör a politically motivated act would be "a low point for Wittenberg". Even the regional bishop of the Evangelical Church of Central Germany (EKM), Ilse Junkermann, has reacted horrified to the possibility that a "memorial for humanity and charity" could be The 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht had been deliberately enlightened. During the night between November 9 and 10, 1938, National Socialist groups had destroyed Jewish apartments, shops and synagogues throughout Germany. Junkermann called for a clear detachment from such acts of violence and did not trivialize them.
According to the city, the boat's cockpit was completely destroyed by fire and the hull was severely damaged. Four firefighters and a fire truck were in use. The refugee ship was established as a "monument to humanity, consequences and the rule of law".