German policemen doing push-ups at Berlin's Holocaust memorial

Berlin police chief sorry for Holocaust memorial push-ups

Police chief apologizes after local tabloid publishes shots of uniformed policemen leaning on one of the slabs at Berlin's Holocaust memorial to practice push-ups, vows to examine incident internally

Associated Press |
Published: 11.01.21, 17:15
Berlin's police chief apologized on Monday for an incident in which officers were pictured practicing push-ups on a part of the German capital's memorial to the 6 million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust.
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  • Pictures published by Berlin's B.Z. tabloid showed uniformed policemen leaning on one of the slabs that makes up the Holocaust memorial to practice push-ups.
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    German policemen doing push-ups at Berlin's Holocaust memorial
    German policemen doing push-ups at Berlin's Holocaust memorial
    German policemen doing push-ups at Berlin's Holocaust memorial
    (Photo: B.Z.)
    The newspaper said they were stills from a video apparently taken by the officers themselves on a cellphone during a holiday weekend in May when they were deployed to the area due to demonstrations.
    The memorial, a field of 2,700 gray concrete slabs near the Brandenburg Gate that opened in 2005, is open around the clock and isn't surrounded by any barriers.
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    People jump from concrete elements of the Holocaust memorial in Berlin
    People jump from concrete elements of the Holocaust memorial in Berlin
    The Holocaust memorial in Berlin
    (Photo: Flash90)
    Visitors are supposed to refrain from activities such as running and jumping from one slab to another.
    Berlin police chief Barbara Slowik said the service would examine the incident internally.
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    eneral view of the Memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe, the so called Holocaust Memorial in central Berlin, Germany, June
    eneral view of the Memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe, the so called Holocaust Memorial in central Berlin, Germany, June
    General view of the Memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe in central Berlin, Germany
    (Photo: AFP)
    "The colleagues' behavior disrespects what this memorial stands for and also offends the memory of those who were murdered," Slowik said.
    The GdP union, which represents police officers, also apologized and condemned the "tastelessness" of the officers' actions, adding that there must be "consequences" for those involved. "The Holocaust memorial is not an adventure playground," it said.
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