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German court: Bell dedicated to Hitler can stay in church

By The News · 30 of January 2019 15:12:30
FILE - In this May 19, 2017 file photo a church bell with the inscription "Everything for the fatherland Adolf Hitler" and a swastika is pictured in the town church in Herxheim am Berg, western Germany. An appeals court has rejected the complaint of a Jewish man against the German town’s Herxheim am Berg decision to allow the bell dedicated to Adolf Hitler to continue to hang in a church tower. (Uwe Anspach/dpa via AP, file), No available, FILE - In this May 19, 2017 file photo a church bell with the inscription "Everything for the fatherland Adolf Hitler" and a swastika is pictured in the town church in Herxheim am Berg, western Germany. An appeals court has rejected the complaint of a Jewish man against the German town’s Herxheim am Berg decision to allow the bell dedicated to Adolf Hitler to continue to hang in a church tower. (Uwe Anspach/dpa via AP, file)

BERLIN (AP) — A German appeals court has rejected the complaint of a Jewish man against a town’s decision to allow a bell dedicated to Adolf Hitler to continue to hang in a church tower.

The Koblenz state court on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s rejection of the complaint from the unidentified relative of Holocaust survivors, who argued the bell was a “mockery and ridicule of the victims of Hitler’s terror.”

The Herxheim am Berg council voted last year to preserve the bell, which carries the inscription “Everything for the Fatherland – Adolf Hitler” above a swastika. It also announced plans to place an explanatory plaque nearby in the hope of sparking dialogue about violence and injustice.

The Koblenz court found the response appropriate, saying the town wasn’t trying to downplay the Holocaust.