|Wiesenthal Center: Bauer Media Group Made the Right Decision by Dropping Controversial Military Magazine|
September 13, 2013
“This is also the right decision at a time when anti-Semitism has reached unprecedented levels in many parts of Europe,” said Center founder and dean
The Simon Wiesenthal Center has praised German media giant, Bauer, for stopping the publication of Der Landser, a military history magazine that the Center said portrayed Nazi units responsible for numerous atrocities in a favorable light.
In a letter to Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Center, Bauer Media Group Executive Board Member Andreas Schoo wrote that they took the findings of the Wiesenthal Center’s report on Der Landser, “extremely seriously.” Schoo wrote that Bauer’s Executive Board evaluated “the publication in the context of the [Bauer] group' s portfolio strategy and has decided to cease publishing the series.”
“This is a major victory,” said Rabbi Hier, “We believe that Bauer made the right decision to cease publication immediately given the seriousness in which the German Government took our overwhelming evidence that Der Landser had in fact crossed the line by portraying members of the infamous SS and Tötenkopf units as heroes. Had they not done so, we believe that the German authorities in both the Interior and Justice Ministries would have taken such action on their own,” Hier added.
“This is also the right decision at a time when anti-Semitism has reached unprecedented levels in many parts of Europe,” Rabbi Hier concluded.
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