Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center today renewed its call for the resignation of Baden-Wűrttemburg governor Gűnther Oettinger in the wake of new revelations concerning his extremist right-wing sympathies. The Center had originally called for his resignation earlier this month, in the wake of his eulogy for his predecessor Hans Filbinger, whose Nazi past and war crimes as a Nazi judge who sentenced numerous innocent people to death, Oettinger chose to ignore.
According to the Center’s chief Nazi-hunter, Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff, Oettinger’s apology for whitewashing Filbinger’s Nazi past rings extremely hollow given his continued membership in the “Studienzentrum Weikersheim,” a right-wing academic center founded by Filbinger which regularly invites speakers with extremist, and in certain cases anti-Semitic, views to deliver public lectures. Thus one of those scheduled to speak there is Martin Hohmann, who was expelled from the CDU for anti-Semitic statements. In addition, according to press reports, Oettinger regularly sings the currently-illegal first stanza of the Nazi-era national anthem “Deutschland Deutschland über alles,” which speaks of a territorially much-expanded Germany, a clear reflection of his ultra-nationalist sympathies.
“If we add his most recent statement to his old student association in which he praised the advantages of going to war and bemoaned the lack of any imminent conflict, it becomes crystal-clear that Mr. Oettinger is clearly unsuited for the responsibility of leading Baden-Wűrttemburg,” said Zuroff.