BERLIN (AP) – A video of a confrontation protesting against a coronavirus was released in Germany on Sunday, where a young woman was compared to a famous Nazi resistance fighter and then accused by a security guard of “trivializing” the Holocaust.
Several people protesting against restrictions on coronavirus in Germany, who are trying to control new infections, have tried to present themselves as victims of state persecution. Some even put stars on David, symbols that the Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Third Reich before killing them.
The woman spoke on stage on Saturday night in the northern city of Hanover, telling fellow protesters: “I feel like Sophie Scholl because I am active in the resistance, I give speeches, I go to protests, I distribute flyers.”
Scholl fought the Nazis with his brother and other members of the White Rose resistance group. Following the distribution of flyers at the University of Munich, she was convicted of treason and executed at the age of 22 by the Nazis in 1943.
As the protesting woman spoke, a young security guard approached the stage, repeating over and over that “I will not be a security guard for this kind of idiocy.” The woman looked at him in disbelief as he called her speech “Holocaust trivialization.” He was ushered in by the guards, and she angered the microphone.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted Sunday that the comparison to Scholl was “mocking the courage needed to take a stand against the Nazis.”
“Nothing connects the protests against the crown with the resistance fighters. Nothing! ”Maas wrote.
The Nazis organized the genocide of over six million European Jews during the Third Reich. They also killed tens of thousands of other people who opposed their regime, such as communists, social democrats, church members or resistance fighters.
Meanwhile, German officials are usually praised for coping with the pandemic. The European Union has reported more than 14,000 coronavirus-related deaths, just a quarter of Britain’s.
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