I believe that we here at thegoldwater.com told you yesterday that there was a serious swing to the right happening in Europe and that people were clinging to their norms and values in Germany when we reported about the court’s decision about freedom of speech which ruled in favor of the AfD and against a Merkel minister.
Today we have another example of that. A woman who had recently moved to the small German farming village of Herxheim was shocked when she found out that the church bell was embossed with a swastika and the words "All for the Fatherland - Adolf Hitler".
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RT <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCMonitoring?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BBCMonitoring</a>: Local councilors in Herxheim am Berg, a small village in southwestern Germany, voted that a Nazi-era bell with Adolf Hitler’s words inscribed on its side, along with a swastika, should continue to hang in the local church <a href="https://t.co/Ysd2GDumrD">pic.twitter.com/Ysd2GDumrD</a></p>— ℳℴhamed Keita (@ModKeita) <a href="https://twitter.com/ModKeita/status/968702674848899073?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 28, 2018</a></blockquote>
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She posted on social media about it and told churchgoers she believed it was a scandal and the bell should be replaced.
The council of the parish, after a lengthy discussion, finally agreed to a vote. The 10-3 vote (76% versus 24%) rejected her demand to remove and replace the bell by the Protestant Church of St James though.
Community members standing outside the church applauded the result of the vote over the "Hitler bell".
According to the local parish, the Nazi-era relic (which has hung there in the church ever since 1934) needs to remain in its place to be "an impetus for reconciliation and a memorial against violence and injustice."
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