Protestors secretly build Holocaust memorial outside far-right politician's home

The miniature Holocaust memorial installed outside Björn Höcke's home.
The miniature Holocaust memorial installed outside Björn Höcke's home. Photo credit: Reuters

A group of German activists secretly erected a Holocaust memorial outside a far-right politician's house.

An art collective, Centre for Political Beauty, installed a replica of Berlin's Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in a garden next to the home of Björn Höcke, a member of right-wing political party Alternative for Germany.

Mr Höcke was widely criticised for comments he made in January about the Berlin Memorial. "Germans are the only people who plant a monument of shame in the heart of the capital," he told supporters in a speech in Dresden. 

He went on to say that Germany needed to perform a "180-degree turnaround" and stop feeling guilty for Nazi war crimes. 

"This laughable policy of coming to terms with the past is crippling us," Mr Höcke said.

The group of activists erected the memorial overnight on Wednesday. The 24 large concrete slabs are a miniature replica of the Berlin site, which was opened in 2005.

Group leader Philipp Ruch told newspaper The Frankfurter Rundschau that the collective had secretly been renting the property next door to Mr Höcke's home ten months ago, after the politician's controversial speech.

"We are doing our neighbourly duty," Mr Ruch said. "We hope he enjoys the view every day when he looks out the window."

The installation is intended to send a daily reminder to Mr Höcke about the horrors of the Holocaust in which 6 million Jewish people were murdered. On Centre for Political Beauty's website, the collective said Mr Höcke should show contrition by "falling to his knees" in front of the memorial. 

On Wednesday the group launched a crowdfunding campaign to maintain the installation, raising 28,000 Euros ($48,155 NZD) in just 12 hours.


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