Höcke, a former history teacher, also complained that German schoolchildren were supposedly not taught about the country’s scientific and artistic achievements, and that German history was made to look “mean and ridiculous”. “That cannot and must not continue,” he added, which was greeted with a standing ovation and chants of “Germany, Germany” from his audience.
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a large sloping field covered in austere slabs of concrete, was unveiled in 2005 and is located close to the German parliament and the Brandenburg Gate.
“They wanted to cut off our roots and with the re-education that began in 1945, they nearly managed,” Höcke said. “Until now, our mental state continues to be that of a totally defeated people. We Germans are the only people in the world that have planted a monument of shame in the heart of their capital.”
In a speech in a beer hall in Dresden, Björn Höcke, who leads the party in the eastern state of Thuringia, railed against Germany’s decade-long tradition of acknowledging the crimes of the National Socialist era, describing the #Holocaust memorial in Berlin as a “monument of shame”.
A politician from the rightwing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has broken with the country’s postwar political consensus by calling for a “180-degree turn” from the tradition of remembering and atoning for the Nazi era.