Saturday, October 1, 2022

The municipality of Schattdorf points to a public holiday with a concentration camp picture


“Lack of political education”: community manager apologizes for Nazi image on website

The municipality of Schattdorf used a picture of a concentration camp on its website. Managing Director Daniel Munch speaks of a “bad, unforgivable mistake” made by an employee with apparently insufficient political education.

Anyone who called on the Schattdorf municipality’s website on Tuesday morning could hardly believe their eyes: to draw attention to the administration’s shutdown during Marie’s Assumption, a piece of “work frees you” letters. The picture was published.

The municipality of Schattdorf drew attention to the timing of the public holiday opening on its website.

The municipality of Schattdorf drew attention to the timing of the public holiday opening on its website.


The employee was not aware of the historical context

As is well known, this phrase was used as an inscription on the gates of the Nazi concentration camps – the picture on the website of Schatdorf shows the entrance to the Dachau concentration camp. Knowledge that the employee responsible for maintaining the Community website clearly did not have, as Community Managing Director Daniel Munch, states upon request. As soon as they came to know about this, the image was removed from the website. Since then it is not available.

Munch explains how things can go wrong: The employee in question searched a database for a symbolic image to describe the holiday and judged the image based solely on word play. Munch says:

“Lack of political education, he was ignorant of the brutally charged historical context, so he used the picture in a completely nave, nave and unintelligible manner.”

As the managing director insists, this happened completely unintentionally, without any hidden anti-Semitic or racist motives. “This is a terrible, unforgivable error based on ignorance. As managing director, I don’t expect any sense for it, but all I can say is that people listen to me as seriously as they take this picture.” was taken.”

As a person with overall responsibility, he could only apologize on behalf of all employees of the municipality to the people of Schettdorf, to all the Swiss people, and especially to all those who had committed the atrocities of the National Socialists on their bodies and on their bodies. had experienced. family. “Since I myself am of German descent, I am aware of the incredible scope of this dark chapter and the clear meaning of this sentence,” says Munch. “So it was doubly bad and embarrassing for me to see something like this on our community website.”

Munch apologizes that the mistake was made because of a lack of political education within the administration. And he learns a lesson from it: “I will inform the administration about this dark chapter in world history and in the future I will again take control of the pictures on the website. Because this example effectively illustrates the negative, enduring power of image and word in this case.”

This is what the managing director of Schattdorf says about the incident

Them: Pilatus Today / David Migliazza

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