BERLIN (AP) – Several people protesting against restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus in Germany have tried to present themselves as victims of government persecution. Some have even worn Stars of David, symbols that the Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Third Reich before murdering them.
This weekend a video of a young woman who compared herself to a famous resistance fighter against the Nazis went viral, and was later accused by a security guard of “trivializing” the Holocaust.
The woman spoke on stage Saturday night in the northern city of Hannover and told her fellow protesters: “I feel like Sophie Scholl, being active in the resistance, giving speeches, going to protests, distributing flyers.”
Scholl fought the Nazis with his brother and other members of the White Rose resistance group. After distributing brochures at a Munich university, she was found guilty of high treason and executed at age 22 by the Nazis in 1943.
As the protester spoke, a young security guard approached the stage and declared: “I am not going to guard this kind of crap.” The woman looked at him in disbelief as he called his speech “a trivialization of the Holocaust.” Security personnel pushed the guard away and she threw the microphone angrily.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted on Sunday that the comparison to Scholl “mocks the courage it took to take a stand against the Nazis.”
“The coronavirus protests cannot be compared to resistance against the Nazis at all,” Maas wrote.
In general, the German authorities have been praised for their response to the pandemic. The European Union nation has reported more than 14,000 coronavirus-related deaths, just a quarter of that of Britain.
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