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Wednesday 16, August

Right-wing extremist targets Berlin Holocaust memorials with arson

Police believe attacks on Holocaust memorials last weekend may be have been the work of a serial right-wing arsonist calling himself "Kassandros".

The Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism was one of the sites of last weekend’s attacks. Photo: IMAGO / IPON

Wednesday 16, August

Right-wing extremist targets Berlin Holocaust memorials with arson

Three arson attacks over three days. Now, Berlin police believe they may all be the work of the same right-wing serial offender, suspected to hold extreme homophobic and antisemitic views. On Saturday morning, there was an arson attack at the Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism in Tiergarten. Police found two slips of paper containing a quotation from the Bible at the scene.

Later on Saturday, another arson attack, this time at the “Gleis 17” Holocaust memorial at Grunewald S-Bahn station. The site commemorates a railway platform from which many victims of the Holocaust were transported to concentration camps. Here, a booth filled with free books relating to Nazism and the deportation of Jewish people was set on fire. According to the Taz newspaper, police initially overlooked a letter left nearby which expressed extreme antisemitic views – only taking the document into evidence when the person who manages the booth asked about it later.

Then, on Monday night, an attack on a Lesbian club in Neukölln. Again, officials are investigating serious arson – charred and burned leaflets were found nearby – although nothing about the content of those documents has been confirmed.

The letters were all signed with the name “Kassandros” and sometimes also “Berolinensis”. Taz report at least eight such incidents since the beginning of the year, while photos shared on Twitter showed that leaflets with the same signature were attached to shop windows in Neukölln this weekend.