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2 Charged As Ravensbruck Vandals

February 16, 1993
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Two men have been charged by the state prosecution in Potsdam with desecrating the memorial at the former Ravensbruck concentration camp.

But authorities have conceded that despite continuous efforts, they have no clues whatsoever to the identities of the vandals who last September caused the fire in the so-called “Jewish barrack” of the former concentration camp of Sachsenhausen.

The arson touched off a wave of condemnations and played an important role in making clear to the political leadership in Bonn that neo-Nazi violence should be taken seriously.

The authorities in Potsdam said they have followed 234 different leads with no success.

The state of Brandenburg, in which Sachsenhausen is situated, has been in recent months the scene of repeated attacks against asylum-seekers and on Jewish memorials.

A high-ranking aide to Prime Minister Manfred Stolpe said last Friday that the state will make available this year 300,000 marks — more than $180,000 — to support the newly formed Jewish community in Brandenburg. Many of the Jews living in the state came from the former Soviet Union.

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