Chronik: Erlangen

Anti-Semitism with Hitler salute

On the evening of 28th of November 2023, an witness reported via police emergency call that a man had publicly shown the Hitler salute in front of the Erlangen University Library and had made loud anti-Jewish comments in this context. Police officers from the Erlangen-Stadt police department were able to identify the described person in the immediate vicinity of the crime scene and arrest him for the time being.

Source: police

Death threats in Erlangen

In September 2023, there was an AfD meeting in Erlangen’s “Angerwirt”, which was ended by a ban on gatherings imposed by the building cooperative owner during the meeting. Subsequently, the board of directors and the supervisory board clearly position themselves against AfD meetings in the rooms of the Erlangen building cooperative.

However, the owner subsequently receives insults and threats in his mailbox. Among other things, the threat “We have you on our list”, which we, as a counselling centre for right-wing violence, clearly regard as a clear death threat in the sense of an existing “death list” for political opponents.

Source: Nürnberger Nachrichten

Right-wing slogans and attack with curtain rod

On the evening of 26.09.2023, a gathering took place in the city center of Erlangen under the motto “Parade for peace and self-determination”. Already here, the 41-year-old attracted the attention of passers-by, as he shouted right-wing slogans, including “Heil Hitler”. Later, a 16-year-old approached the man about his statements at around 8:15 p.m., whereupon he was insulted by him in a racist manner. Subsequently, the accused pulled out a curtain rod about 40 cm long and used it to strike the teenager. He was able to swerve and was not injured. The 41-year-old also insulted other passers-by in the same way.

The police officers who were called to the scene met the suspect on the spot and arrested him. According to the police report, the officers placed him “in a specialist clinic due to his mentally conspicuous condition.” The Commissariat for State Security of the Criminal Investigation Department of Erlangen is conducting further investigations, among other things, for attempted bodily harm, insult and use of signs of unconstitutional organizations.


Racist threats

“My white colleague and I were on our way to the S-Bahn and were then spat on by a middle-aged white man at the bicycle parking lots, who came towards us scolding. We weren’t quite sure what his exact motive was at the time. Today, on 15th of august 2023 at 4:45 p.m., I met him again in the city center. I was on the phone and he suddenly stood right in front of me and clenched his hand into a fist and held it directly in front of my face. There were other people around me, but they were all white. I have brown skin. He didn’t say anything, but he threatened to beat me. I stepped aside and he threatened with his fist and grimaced. I quickly walked into a store. I felt very helpless and alone. I looked around several times on the way to the S-Bahn because I was really scared.”

Source: Affected person

Extreme right-wing disruptions and assault at memorial event and Hanukkah celebrations in Erlangen

On 19.12.2022, a demonstration took place in the city center of Erlangen in memory of Shlomo Lewin, rabbi and ex-chairman of the Jewish Community Nuremberg and his partner Frida Poeschke. They were murdered on 19 December 1980 by a member of the right-wing terrorist “Wehrsportgruppe Hoffmann”. The event, organized by the Initiative “Kritisches Gedenken” (Critical Remembrance), was disrupted by extreme right-wing slogans by two men aged 46 and 26. The 26-year-old repeatedly shouted “Heil-Hitler” in the direction of the participants. When he continued this at the final rally, the police expelled him.

A few minutes later, following the memorial demonstration, a public Hanukkah celebration took place on Huguenot Square. Together with the Lord Mayor and city councillors, the Jewish Community of Erlangen celebrated the Festival of Lights with the lighting of the second candle on the Hanukkah candlestick. The 46-year-old also disturbed this celebration with loud music. Then he threw a glass bottle at the group of people. It broke on the ground, which fortunately did not hurt anyone. The police arrested the man, during which he shouted insults, spat around and also shouted “Heil-Hitler”.

Source: BR24

Queer-hostile and racist threats on the train

On 10.07.2022, a young man drove in the S-Bahn towards Erlangen. In front of him sat a man who kept turning to him and staring at him aggressively. When the person concerned pointed out to the perpetrator to stop and sit down in another place, he insulted the young man massively queer-hostile and racist and threatened him with death. The police have been called in and have started the investigation.

Source: Nordbayern

Anti-Semitic threats in the immediate vicinity

On the evening of 10.03.2022, the resident of an apartment building finds a still glowing pizza box in front of his apartment door. According to the media report, the police are investigating arson. In the days that followed, an unknown person smeared an anti-Semitic slogan on the young man’s apartment door. This incident will also be reported. As a result, the young man and his partner temporarily leave the apartment because they no longer feel safe there. On 29.03.2022, residents notice traces of fire and hot glue residues on this door. They inform the police. The police arrive, but do not meet anyone, as the persons concerned are not on site until further notice.

On 28.04.2022, the young man returns to the apartment and notices signs of burglary around the door lock. The police have already left the place, so he contacts a commissioner who was involved in the case. Evidence suggests that a neighbor could be connected to the incidents.

Source: Affected person