German soldiers recalled from Lithuania because of Hitler’s birthday song

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German soldiers recalled from Lithuania because of Hitler’s birthday song


Some 30 German soldiers are recalled from service in Lithuania, the ringleaders threatened with immediate dismissal after being accused of racist and anti-Semitic comments and sexual violence, a German military spokesman said.
The soldiers were in Lithuania as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence mission protecting Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia by deterring Russia.

Der Spiegel reported earlier that some German soldiers got so drunk in a hotel that the military police had to be called.

Further investigations revealed that soldiers sang a birthday song for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler at a previous rally.

Beyond violating their oaths, the soldiers were accused of “offending racist and anti-Semitic overtones and of showing extremist behavior,” the spokesperson said. They would be back in Germany on Thursday.

“Such behavior is not only inexcusable but shames us all,” she added.

Much of post-war German foreign policy has focused on the atonement for the crimes of Hitler’s Third Reich, which murdered several million Jews in Europe during the Holocaust, one of the worst crimes in human history.

Numerous cases where some members of the police and military have been found showing Nazi sympathies have attracted enormous attention from authorities and the media.

Germany’s deployment to the eastern Baltic has added sensitivity since its soldiers last served there during World War II, where they and members of the German SS committed some of the most crimes. bloodies of war in what were then the western marches of the Soviet Union.

The investigation also revealed that 569 rounds of ammunition were missing from inventories, although this could have been due to an error in counting soldiers at the end of a shooting exercise.

The German army inspector general apologized to his Lithuanian counterpart, the spokesperson said.



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