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The Times, London Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Holocaust memorial becomes public restroom


BERLIN -- German authorities were preparing for criticism from the Jewish community after it was revealed that a Holocaust memorial in Berlin was being used as a public lavatory by tourists and by neo-Nazi sympathizers.

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David Irving comments:

ORLRIGHT, so the monument, being new, 'ad teething problems. Like that there Lea Rosh (bottom), who built the damn thing, suggesting her tooth should be planted in the cement. The old dragon. But this latest is going a bit too far, know what I mean?

". . . used as a public lavatory by neo-Nazi sympathizers."

Us Nazis, we get blamed for everyfink. How wuz we to know they wuz watching to see who pee'd and then rushing off to check their democratic databases to see if we wuz on them -- "einschlägig bekannt," is the phrase the German Schmierfinken, the press, just loves now. Notorious.
   No sooner uv we took a leak, than we're being smeared.
   Know what I fink?
   I fink that this hideous monument did to the city of Berlin just what they say we gone done to the monument. Like widdling first and unzipping after. A big mistake. But if I say that in public, well that's anuvver 400 days in solitary I've got, so I'm keeping it to myself. Holding it in, know what I mean?

Lea Rosh

Setting an example: Squatting on the Berlin tombstones. Lea Rosh
The disclosure, in a Berlin newspaper, will trigger a new debate about how the Holocaust should be remembered in Germany. One argument against building the monument -- that consists of 2,700 concrete slabs resembling Jewish gravestones -- was that it would become a target of anti-Semitic vandals.

The managers of the memorial, which attracts 3.5 million visitors a year, have tried to play down the scandal. "This just belongs to the teething problems of any new monument," Uwe Neumaerker, of the Memorial Foundation, said.

The German Government has been aware of the problem since the monument was completed in May 2005 but has tried to maintain a silence for fear of encouraging more vandalism. The defacing of Jewish memorial areas in Germany by followers of the far Right has become a widespread problem that is acknowledged rarely.

On the eve of Holocaust Day at the weekend a group of youths set fire to a restored railway carriage -- symbolizing the deportation of the Jews -- in Lower Saxony. In the eastern German port of Stralsund, concrete was poured over a memorial for a Jewish family, the Keibel-Cohns.

A court in Frankfurt an der Oder, on the Polish border, sentenced three youths to between nine and 14 months jail this month for urinating on a Jewish memorial.


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