German 'Christ Child' Targeted by Racist AfD Post to Speak to Press on Sunday

Anti-migrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) suggests locals are being eradicated by foreigners after Indian-German girl is selected to launch world-famous Christmas market

DPA
DPA
Supporters of German AfD wave flags in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, May 27, 2018.
Supporters of German AfD wave flags in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, May 27, 2018.Credit: Michael Sohn / אי־פי
DPA
DPA

The 17-year-old girl selected by the German city of Nuremberg to play the "Christ Child" and open its world-famous Christmas market will speak to the press on Sunday, days after she was targeted by a racist comment by the far-right AfD.

Benigna Munsi, the daughter of Indian-German parents, will be joined by the Nuremberg Mayor Ulrich Maly in a press event at city hall, the city announced on Saturday.

A jury selected Munsi, a Nuremberg native, to be the new Nuremberg "Christ Child" for the next two years on Wednesday. The following day, a local chapter of the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party posted a picture of Munsi on Facebook with a comment suggesting that Germans were being eradicated in the same way that North American indigenous groups were.

"Nuremberg has a new Christ child," the post read. "One day, what happened to the Indians will happen to us."

The AfD association later deleted the post and apologized, but many Facebook users expressed solidarity with Munsi and denounced the comment.

The comments were criticized by several Bavarian politicians, including state premier Markus Soeder.

Munsi's father is of Indian descent and has been a German citizen for many years; her mother is German. Her most important role as "Christ Child" will be to open the Nuremberg Christmas market on November 29.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

Subscribe today and save 40%

Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Election ad featuring Yair Lapid in Rahat, the largest Arab city in Israel's Negev region.

This Bedouin City Could Decide Who Is Israel's Next Prime Minister

Dr. Claris Harbon in the neighborhood where she grew up in Ashdod.

A Women's Rights Lawyer Felt She Didn't Belong in Israel. So She Moved to Morocco

Mohammed 'Moha' Alshawamreh.

'It Was Real Shock to Move From a Little Muslim Village, to a Big Open World'

From the cover of 'Shmutz.'

'There Are Similarities Between the Hasidic Community and Pornography’

A scene from Netflix's "RRR."

‘RRR’: If Cocaine Were a Movie, It Would Look Like This

Prime Minister Yair Lapid.

Yair Lapid's Journey: From Late-night Host to Israel's Prime Minister