German governor urges removal of Goering bell from memorial


(JTA) — A German state governor asked a village to remove a bell donated by Hermann Goering from a World War II memorial site.

Goering, the Nazi Air Force commander and Hitler’s chief deputy, donated the bell inscribed with his name and swastikas to the village, which was renamed in his honor.

The village, now called Tuemlauer-Koog, removed the bell from the bell tower in 2008 because it no longer rang and moved it to a war memorial.

A visitor complained to the state of Schleswig-Holstein’s governor, Peter Harry Carstensen, the Associated press reported Friday, quoting Der Spiegel magazine, and the governor asked the village to remove the bell.

The village’s mayor, Christian Marwig, suggested that instead a sign be posted noting the bell’s significance.

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