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Germany: AfD's Hoecke banned from Holocaust memorial event at Buchenwald02:45

Germany: AfD's Hoecke banned from Holocaust memorial event at Buchenwald

Germany, Site of former Buchenwald concentration camp
January 27, 2017 at 17:28 GMT -00:00 · Published

Parliamentary Leader of the Thuringia branch of Alternative for Germany (AfD), Bjoern Hoecke, attempted to attend a commemoration event at the site of the former Buchenwald concentration camp on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Friday, despite a ban on his entry. The ban was issued due to a statement he made about the Holocaust memorial in Berlin. Hoecke was reported to have called Berlin's Holocaust memorial a "monument of shame" in a speech he gave last week.

In a short statement to the press, Hoecke stated that he was "shocked" about what he called the "controversy" against him. He stated: "I am shocked and I am appalled about how this day, which is dedicated to the commemoration of the darkest chapter of German history, is abused for a political controversy against me."

The Deputy Chairman of the Buchenwald Memorial, Rikola-Gunnar Luettgenau, said that Hoecke had shown no interest in the wishes of the survivors who attended the ceremony. Hoecke was banned from the territory for the duration of the ceremony, which lasted for 30 minutes.

His parliamentary colleague Corrina Herold was seen at the memorial-event and laid a wreath in the name of the AfD parliamentary fraction of Thuringia.

In his commemoration speech, Luettgenau urged listeners to take questions and experiences from the past into their daily lives. "This is true for individuals and especially for those who, voluntarily or professionally, take on the responsibility for a community, for a society, for a country," he stated.

Germany: AfD's Hoecke banned from Holocaust memorial event at Buchenwald02:45
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Parliamentary Leader of the Thuringia branch of Alternative for Germany (AfD), Bjoern Hoecke, attempted to attend a commemoration event at the site of the former Buchenwald concentration camp on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Friday, despite a ban on his entry. The ban was issued due to a statement he made about the Holocaust memorial in Berlin. Hoecke was reported to have called Berlin's Holocaust memorial a "monument of shame" in a speech he gave last week.

In a short statement to the press, Hoecke stated that he was "shocked" about what he called the "controversy" against him. He stated: "I am shocked and I am appalled about how this day, which is dedicated to the commemoration of the darkest chapter of German history, is abused for a political controversy against me."

The Deputy Chairman of the Buchenwald Memorial, Rikola-Gunnar Luettgenau, said that Hoecke had shown no interest in the wishes of the survivors who attended the ceremony. Hoecke was banned from the territory for the duration of the ceremony, which lasted for 30 minutes.

His parliamentary colleague Corrina Herold was seen at the memorial-event and laid a wreath in the name of the AfD parliamentary fraction of Thuringia.

In his commemoration speech, Luettgenau urged listeners to take questions and experiences from the past into their daily lives. "This is true for individuals and especially for those who, voluntarily or professionally, take on the responsibility for a community, for a society, for a country," he stated.

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