24 November, 2017, 12:00 am
BERLIN – A German political art group on Wednesday said it had built a pared-down version of Berlin’s Holocaust memorial near the home of a far-right politician who sparked outrage by suggesting history books should focus more on German World War II victims.
Bjoern Hoecke, a senior member of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, criticised the memorial in Berlin in January, saying: “Germans are the only people in the world who plant a monument of shame in the heart of the capital.”
The Centre for Political Beauty, a Berlin-based art group, was livestreaming work on a copy of the memorial near the politician’s house in a small village in the eastern state of Thuringia.
The original memorial includes 2711 concrete slabs of varying heights, arranged in a grid pattern, that serves as a sombre reminder of the six million Jews who were killed by the Nazis.
The group said it has collected a third of the 28,000 euros ($F68,792) required to keep the replica memorial in Hoecke’s neighbourhood until the end of 2019.