The burial of a prominent neo-Nazi activist on the former plot of a Jewish musicologist in a cemetery on the outskirts of Berlin it has sparked a controversy in Germany and has led to a complaint against those responsible for “disturbing the peace of the dead”, they report local average.
Henry Hafenmayer, who was buried last Friday, had earned martyr status in German far-right circles after being condemned imprisoned for a series of anti-Semitic letters addressed to public institutions, in which called the Holocaust a “fallacy”.
The images of the burial released by some media show Hafenmayer’s urn deposited in the funeral parcel in front of the Jewish’s tombstone. Max Friedländer, a singer and scholar of Prussian music who died of a stroke in the German capital in 1934 (although his remains in 1980 were transferred elsewhere).
A black cloth on the tombstone
According media locals, the funeral ceremony brought together well-known neo-Nazis, such as lawyer Horst Mahler, who was once sentenced to six years in prison for incitement to hatred and denial of the Holocaust. Also, during the ceremony symbols of the Reich or at least with similar characteristics were exhibited. On the tombstone of the Jewish musicologist they placed a black cloth, on which they put the name of the anti-Semite who died at the age of 48.
Berlin’s anti-Semitism commissioner Samuel Salzborn is reported to have filed a complaint against those responsible for “disturbing the peace of the dead.” The Central Council of Jews in Germany also denounced the events. “By doing so, they desecrated the memory of Max Friedländer”, said the president of the institution, Josef Schuster.
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