Ban on commemorating German war dead goes to appeal

Bronckhorst town council is to appeal against a court ruling which banned officials from including German war graves in this year’s Remembrance Day commemorations on May 4, Nos television reports.

Jewish lobby group Federatie Joods Nederland went to court to stop the mayor and other officials in the town of Vorden from walking past the graves of 10 German soldiers.
The court ruled it would be appropriate to remember the German war dead but not on May 4 and not at the same time as the victims of the Nazi regime.
The organisers of the local event had argued the time is now ripe for reconciliation. However, the FJN argued acknowledging the German war dead would be an ‘injustice to all victims, both alive and dead’.
Now the local authority is to appeal against the decision, partly at the behest of the local council association and national mayors’ association. They want clarity on how far courts can interfere with local authority affairs, Nos said. No date has yet been set for the appeal.
The FJN has also said it plans to tackle the situation on the Wadden Sea island of Schiermonnikoog, where the German national anthem is played during the Remembrance Day ceremony.

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