Man injures his head after jumping over Holocaust Memorial blocks in Berlin

The circumstances regarding the injury remain unclear, although local Berlin media said the young man had underestimated the height of the concrete slab, which was in a lightless part of the monument, and fell, sustaining head injuries. in the process. The 21-year-old Italian tourist was rushed to hospital, according to AP.

The Holocaust Memorial near the Berlin Parliament was inaugurated in 2005 and consists of 2,700 concrete blocks. Although accessible to the public, visitors are asked to refrain from engaging in offensive behavior, such as running or jumping from one concrete block to another, AP reported, although indecency has been reported in the past.

In early November, the Berlin police had to apologize for the conduct of two Berlin officers at the monument. The officers in question had been photographed doing push-ups on the monument’s iconic concrete blocks.

The monument, which is next to the US embassy, ​​has been vandalized in the past by neo-Nazis, and in 2014 a man was caught setting off fireworks and urinating from one of the blocks.

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan meet with German Chancellor Heiko Maas at the Berlin Holocaust Memorial on October 6, 2020 (credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)

Uwe Neumärker, director of the Berlin Holocaust memorial, told the German news outlet BZ In response to the police incident that “I am even more stunned. The Holocaust and the crimes of [the] national socialism [Party] it must be a focus of the training of public officials. “

Germany documented 2,032 anti-Semitic incidents in 2019, according to government figures, which was the highest count since 2001 and a 13% increase from 2018.

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