Brave Folk of Herxheim Vote to Retain Adolf Hitler Church Bell
by Carolyn Yeager
IN SPITE OF THE best efforts of the former church organist, Sigrid Peters, to make a big political issue of the 1934-era bronze church bell hanging in the village’s 1,000 year old Jacobkirche, the good folk of Herxheim am Berg showed their lack of concern about the manufactured issue in a parish council vote on Monday, Feb. 26. The council voted 10 to 3 to keep the bell where it was, where it had been without hurting anyone for the past 84 years.
The decision was greeted with applause from many (read most) community members. Amid the controversy stirred up by the leftists and Sigrid Peters, the bell had been silenced since last September pending a decision by the village of 700 inhabitants, only 30 miles from the university city of Heidelberg. Now it will ring again.
The bell has its own historic significance — bearing the words “All for the Fatherland” — Adolf Hitler, with a swastika of modest size. …
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