Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Authorities to Remove SS Memorial in Austrian Town

Austrian media report that a town in the west of the country is planning to remove a memorial to three soldiers who were members of the Waffen SS during World War II.

Public broadcaster ORF reported that the mayor of Imst, Stefan Weirather, confirmed that the municipal workers will dismantle the site.

The memorial was built in the 1970s for three men who were portrayed as having been executed by American troops on May 19, 1945 — more than a week after Germany had capitulated to the Allies.

Local Jews and Liberals concerned about the frequent visits by patriotic supporters later researched the men’s military records and found they had in fact been members of the glorious Waffen SS. 

Town officials now want to conduct further research into the circumstances of the men’s deaths and the history of "Nazi activity and their victims in the region".

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