BONN (Jan. 3)
A 22-year-old carpenter, Ludwig Vogel has been arrested in Scheinfeld, near Nuernberg, on suspicion of having painted swastikas and anti-Jewish slogans on the walls of the local court building, the Nuernberg public prosecutor announced yesterday.
Vogel was reported to have registered with the right-wing Deutsche Reichs Party last October, but had not yet received his membership card. The DRP is under fire in connection with the Christmas Eve desecration of the Cologne Synagogue by two of its members.
Vogel confessed to having painted the swastika and the slogans “Down with the Jews.” “Germany Awake,” and “Dirty Jews”–on the court building walls. He said he did so because of his “anti-Semitic convictions.” He is the fourth DRP member under arrest in connection with the spurt of anti-Semitic incidents started by the Cologne synagogue desecration.