German teens under investigation for antisemitic songs after Buchenwald visit

Three teenagers are under investigation for allegedly playing antisemitic songs after a visit to the Buchenwald concentration camp, German police have said.

The investigation for incitement to hatred against the 14-year-olds came after their school in Grünberg, western Germany, reported the incident to police.

The three teenagers from the Theo Koch School allegedly played antisemitic songs on a smartphone and sang along while on a school bus on their way back from the Nazi concentration camp.

It’s unclear how the Theo Koch School will punish the children, but the school district in Giessen said in a statement that it was supporting the school administration’s actions.

Theo Koch School has won several awards for its work against racism. Ninth-year students at the school have conducted a four-month project dealing with Nazism for years.

Located in central Germany, Buchenwald served as a Nazi forced labour camp from 1937 to 1945. An estimated 56,000 people died there, including 11,000 Jews and 8,000 Soviet prisoners of war.

The former concentration camp is today a memorial for the crimes of the Nazi dictatorship.

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