The group Animal Rebellion attempted to conduct a coordinated, world-wide campaign where its activists would target a major, historical edifice and vandalize it somehow with red dye to simulate animal blood. Well of all things their hoodlums in Germany would pick to deface was a Holocaust memorial in Cologne dedicated to the memory of murdered Jewish children. The group denies any anti-Semitic intent despite lots of other fountains, memorials, or statues around the city they could have picked.
Animal rights activists in Cologne deface city’s Holocaust memorial
The protesters, seeking to protest against factory farming methods and draw public attention, painted the memorial with red dye to simulate blood.
By Tobias Seigel, The Jerusalem Post
The Jewish community in the city of Cologne, Germany, woke up this week to discover that the city’s Holocaust memorial, the Löwenbrunnen children’s memorial, was vandalized by animal rights activists during a demonstration last weekend, according to the Jewish newspaper The Algemeiner.
The protesters, seeking to protest against factory farming methods and draw public attention, painted the memorial with red dye to simulate blood, alongside other slogans protesting against animal abuse.
The Holocaust memorial was designed in 1977 by artist Hermann Gurfinkel and is located in the center of the city, on the former site of a Jewish school that used to stand there. It commemorates more than 1,100 Jewish children from Cologne who were deported to concentration camps during the Nazi rule of Germany.
PHOTO CREDIT: AKG Images – Hitler feeding deer at the Obersalzberg: “Der Fuehrer als Tierfreund” (The Fuehrer as animal friend.) – Photo postcard (Heinrich Hoffmann), about 1936.