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Visiting Kempten: There is a special sign at the former school of Sylt-Gröler

By Vaseline May27,2024

Moritz N. was the first of the Sylt Gröler group to apologize for the racist chants. The 25-year-old grew up in Kempten in the Allgäu, went to school there, his father is a doctor. And his school has a very special motto.

At first glance there is no doctor’s office visible. The house in Kempten im Allgäu, an independent city with around 70,000 inhabitants, fits seamlessly into the neighborhood and looks like a normal residential building. A small robot mows the lawn in the garden in front of the house, and gardeners prune the trees along the sidewalk. The whitewashed house also houses the private practice of an ENT doctor, whose son has risen to fame in recent days.

Moritz N. plays a central role in a video recorded on the island of Sylt. In it, several people sing “Germany for the Germans, foreigners out” to the tune of “L’amour toujours” by Gigi D’Agostino. Moritz N. is one of them and even stands out in the video. When the camera turns to him, he has his right arm raised in the Hitler salute, while the fingers of his left hand suggest a mustache, probably intended as a so-called Hitler moustache. He also plays the racist lyrics loudly.

“I don’t want to comment,” his father, an ENT specialist, told the “Allgäuer Zeitung”. This is also to protect his son. FOCUS online could not reach the Kempten doctor on Monday.

Previously, Moritz N. was the first of the Sylt group to apologize for his singing. “I would like to publicly and sincerely apologize for what happened,” he wrote on social media on Saturday. “I apologize to anyone we have hurt with this.” He made a “very serious mistake” that he could not explain. He was drunk and what he said and showed did not reflect his inner attitude.

He made this public so that friends and relatives would not be held responsible for his mistake. His request: “Be angry with me, but not with my friends and relatives.” He can imagine that not everyone will accept his apology, writes N. But he had a tolerant and cosmopolitan upbringing and also has many friends with a migrant background.

In his hometown, people near his father’s doctor’s office don’t want to say anything to Moritz N. or claim not to know him. Until recently, Moritz N. worked for an advertising agency in Munich. A spokeswoman for Serviceplan said: “The Serviceplan Group is a cosmopolitan company and lives its motto of strength through diversity every day in all its Houses of Communication with 6,000 colleagues from more than 50 countries around the world. Racism in any form will not be tolerated within the agency group. When the incident became known, the Serviceplan Group acted immediately and terminated his employment without notice.”

At the now 25-year-old’s former school, the Allgäu-Gymnasium, there is a sign next to the entrance that reads ‘School without racism, school with courage.’ Could Moritz N., who won a reading competition there in the 6th grade and also played for the school team as a handball player, read and internalize the board in his time?

N., who apparently turned himself in at a police station in Munich, has already announced that he wants to face the legal consequences. They could have it all. One possible crime: the use of symbols of unconstitutional and terrorist organizations, such as the Hitler salute. This can result in a fine or up to three years in prison. Anyone guilty of incitement to hatred can expect a prison sentence of up to five years.

In addition to N., the responsible state security service in Flensburg is also investigating two other people from the video and is investigating whether investigations will be launched against other people involved. Several people you see or hear in the video have already lost their jobs. These will not be the only consequences for the partygoers who suddenly started spreading racist slogans on Sylt.

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