The 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass), a Nazi-led pogrom against Jews from November 9-10, 1938, is approaching: a signal for anti-Semites across the country to engage in vandalism.
Just two years ago, they desecrated 80 gravestones in Randers – one of the many targeted towns in the region. Vallensbæk, Silkeborg, Aarhus, Aalborg, Copenhagen and the Swedish duo Gothenburg and Stockholm all supported anti-Semitic insults.
This year, they arrived early. Over the weekend (from Saturday noon precisely), tens of thousands of posters were put up on all kinds of lampposts, pylons and bridges in anticipation of the regional and local elections on November 16.
It was an open invitation to the creatures of the night, and they quickly obeyed.
Not the first time
David Zepernick is municipal councilor for Radikale in Frederiksberg. Her mother is half African, which has led to some pretty silly assumptions over the years.
Tagged a “Niggerlover” two years ago, it is most often assumed that Zepernick is Jewish. In fact, 20 years ago, the politician discovered that he was on a far-right list of influential Danish Jews with names such as journalists Adam Holm and Martin Krasnik, as well as the politician Finn Rudaizky.
The proof this morning is that the creatures really got down to work, as his sign is daubed in all kinds of graffiti.
Likewastika is visible among the unwanted additions.
Surely a thing of the past!
“It’s Denmark 2021! I have to admit, I honestly thought Nazi symbols were a thing of the past. I’m quite surprised to see the ugly face of anti-Semitism and my name resurface ”, Zepernick told CPH POST.
“Particularly because I am not a Jew. But I guess my name ‘Zepernick’ and relatively dark skin / appearance might lead some people to believe otherwise.
For Zepernick, the next goal is his campaign.
“I won’t lose a single night’s sleep,” he continued.
“In fact, I am now even more engaged in the struggle for our liberal democracy, freedom and freedom of speech and against any attempt to oppress or intimidate minorities – Jewish or otherwise!
DF candidates too
Ironically, swastikas fly both ways, as several Dansk Folkeparti signs have already received their fair share.
TV2 today reports that DF candidate Christian Bülow, who is also running for election in Frederiksberg, was also a victim of Nazi-related graffiti, including swastikas, SS signs and Hitler mustaches.
Bülow, who reported the matter to the police, has already had to replace eight of his posters due to the vandalism.
“These are people who obviously don’t know me or my politics. Because I am neither a racist nor a Nazi, ”he told TV2.
“It’s incredibly boring and I’m really getting really upset. It’s perfectly normal that you don’t agree on things, but I can’t understand the motive behind this.
While the DF is more often referred to as a right-wing party, part of its ideology, like that of the German Nazi Party, is rooted in left-wing socialism.