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    • 11.03.14 | 13:33 (IST)

    Weissenburg, which has been the hometown of my family since in 1946 my father and my grandparents escaped with Jewish help from the then finally collapsing multiethnic melting pot Czechoslovakia, hit the international headlines in the most negative way when school principal Stephanie Bauer last week allegedly used a salutation that has evoked memories of a time that finally ended in the biggest catastrophe mankind has ever experienced – the shoah. Ms Bauer who is a trained teacher for mathematics and chemistry from Würzburg and has been at the head of Weissenburg’s junior high since 2012 has been contending that she had made use of this Nazi salutation intentionally. There is some reason to believe that this likely to be true. Having become a school principal at the age of only 41 she must have known that any public idolization of Nazi Germany would definitely wreck her professional career. Unconfirmed eyewitness reports which, however, at the current point of time must be still considered as rumors even suggest that Ms Bauer’s salutation could have been misinterpreted. Obviously only the investigation of the incident that has been ordered by the office of the district attorneys in Ansbach can cast light into this matter. The German public is very sensitive to any hidden or overt usage of Nazi symbolism. This is especially true for schools, but also for the public in general. Only a couple of days ago, the former mayor of Weissenburg, Reinhard Schwirzer, was giving a public speech about denazification in Weissenburg after 1945. Weissenburg’s citizens and their current mayor, Jürgen Schröppel, who together had been standing up against past provocations from a marginal neo-fascist lunatic fringe – a phenomenon that unfortunately can be found in nearly any country - keep on wondering what might have been the cause for the junior high principal’s apparent lapse and ask what really happened. Ms Bauer herself will know best which consequences might need to be drawn and which consequences she might have to expect.

    from the article: Heil and hot water: German teacher blurts out Nazi greeting at school
    First published 11:04 06.03.14 | Last updated 10:30 06.03.14
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