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Ludwig Boerne Monument in Frankfurt Desecrated by Antisemites

The latest victim of the antisemitic craze for smashing tombstones in Jewish cemeteries, desecrating synagogues, and painting swastikas and antisemitic inscriptions on the monuments of famous Jews, such as Rathenau and Heine, is Heine’s friend, Ludwig Boerne, whose monument in the City Park in Frankfurt was treated by vandals during the night and was found to-day with bits chipped off from the nose and other parts of the statue and antisemitic inscriptions scrawled on the base.

Karl Ludwig Boerne, who was born in Frankfurt in 1786 and died in Paris in 1837 was originally named Loeb Baruch. After being one of the leading champions of Jewish rights in Germany, he became baptised, however, in 1818, and assumed the name of Karl Ludwig Boerne. Heine afterwards quarrelled with him and the two fought a duel.

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