Sign of the times: Mendelssohn’s tomb is daubed with swastikas

The grave of Felix Mendelssohn and his family in the evangelical cemetery on Mehringdamm, Berlin, was vandalised last weekend, police have announced.

His sister, the composer Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, lies beside him. The vandals appear to have targeted a Mendelssohn exhibition in the cemetery chapel.

No photographs have yet been released. No arrests have been made.

The Mendelssohns, born Jewish, were converted by their parents in childhood.

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  • Despicable behavior, of course.
    But it demonstrates that Nazi-style prejudice is still alive and flourishing in Germany.
    What, if anything, does Corbyn have to say about it?

      • First, “Pinky”, I don’t know you, and I resent people I don’t know calling me names.
        Second, “Pinky”, I don’t have to answer for my comment to you.
        Third, “Pinky”, why don’t you post under your real name?

  • “The grave of Felix Mendelssohn and his family in the evangelical cemetery on Mehringdamm, Berlin, was vandalised last weekend, police have announced.”

    I don’t understand you humans.

  • This is horrible but a nasty sign to which the world is quickly beginning to resemble Europe before the outbreak of WWII. Mendelssohn’s music, it might be remembered, was considered “degenerate” by the Nazis and banned.

    Lots of “leaders” are actually fanning the flames, and I would not be suprised if the police, just as in the buildup to WWII, were part of the hordes.

  • A cowardly act by a senseless group of people,
    who are trying not only to defile the name of Mendelssohn, but to revive the worst atrocity in the history of humanity.

  • A small correction: nowhere in the linked article does it say that any of the Mendelssohns’ graves were vandalised. There is a former chapel in that section of the graveyard which holds a permanent exhibition about the Mendelssohn family (including a massive and impressive family tree covering an entire wall), and it seems that that was the focus of this disgusting attack. Display cases were smashed and info boards painted over with swastikas and far-left graffiti. However, it would appear that the graves themselves are safe. I might pop down later and check.

    In any case, it’s utterly depressing. For every five positive initiatives Germany takes in working through its awful early twentieth century history, some idiot comes along and does something like this.

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