German Police Open Investigation After Neo-Nazi Group Publishes Addresses of Berlin Jewish Institutions on Facebook on Kristallnacht Anniversary
German police have opened an investigation after a neo-Nazi group published online the addresses of dozens of Berlin Jewish institutions — including schools, stores, restaurants and cemeteries — on the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht (the infamous November 1938 “Night of Broken Glass” Nazi-led pogrom commonly viewed as the start of the Holocaust).
“A criminal complaint was filed over suspicion of incitement,” a German police spokeswoman was quoted as telling AFP.
According to media reports, a Facebook post with the caption “Jews among us!” included a map showing the locations of around 70 Jewish establishments in the German capital.
“This is an attack on us all, on our open society,” German MP Volker Beck — a member of the Green Party — was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “It is a deliberate and indefensible provocation.”
One site that appeared on the map was Berlin’s Holocaust memorial. Sarah Friedrich — a spokeswoman for the Holocaust memorial foundation — was quoted by The Local as saying, “We were very shocked by this and find it intolerable…The fact that it was on the day of Kristallncht is troubling…It feels like how things were in the 1930s when Jewish people were put on a list and that is a disquieting feeling. We hope that nothing bad happens from this.”
In September, as reported by The Algemeiner, a German Jewish leader called the dramatic success of a new far-right populist party in local elections in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern “a nightmare come true.”