Archive/File: fascism reuters.091393 Last-modified: 1993/09/13 Date: Mon, 13 Sep 93 22:51 +0200 To: Ken McVay
Subject: DESECRATING-JEWISH-GRAVES-IN-TODAY'S-GERMANY May be reproduced in hard copy only with credit to Reuters News Service. Monday 13-Sep-93 12:02 PM GERMAN TEEN-AGERS ADMIT DAMAGING JEWISH CEMETERY POTSDAM, [GERMANY] (Reuter) - Three 14-year-old boys have confessed to scrawling swastikas on some gravestones and overturning others at a Jewish cemetery in eastern [GERMANY], prosecutors said Monday. Seventeen grave markers were damaged and neo-Nazi graffiti were painted on 23 others at the cemetery in the small town of Wriezen, about 50 miles northeast of Berlin in what used to be communist East [GERMANY]. Police discovered the damage Sept. 6 but the vandalism occurred several days earlier. The graffiti included the letters FAP -- the initials of the Free German Workers' Party, an increasingly high-profile neo-Nazi group that the Bonn government is trying to ban. Dieter Bannenberg, spokesman for regional prosecutors in Frankfurt-on-the-Oder, said charges would be filed in court Tuesday against the boys, who under juvenile protection laws were not named. Jewish cemeteries and memorials to victims of the Holocaust have been repeatedly attacked by neo-Nazis in a two-year wave of xenophobic and anti-Semitic violence. No Jewish victims have been among at least 28 foreigners and Germans killed in attacks by neo-Nazi gangs in that period. (c) Reuters News Service.
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