Ex-SS officer scraps plan to open Hitler shrine

19th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

19 June 2006, WASHINGTON - An 87-year-old former SS officer has retreated from his decision to open his Adolf Hitler shrine to the public, according to a local news report Friday.

19 June 2006

WASHINGTON - An 87-year-old former SS officer has retreated from his decision to open his Adolf Hitler shrine to the public, according to a local news report Friday.

German-born Ted Junker, who said he volunteered to serve in Nazi Germany's Waffen SS, has erected a memorial to the Nazi leader at his home in the US state of Wisconsin, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

But local officials had expressed outrage over the shrine, worried that a public unveiling would make Junker's home a hotspot for neo- Nazis. Juncker eventually agreed to shelve his plans and keep the memorial private.

Junker emigrated to the US in 1955 and apparently remained a loyal supporter of Hitler. According to the newspaper, Junker does not believe that Hitler started World War II, or that any atrocities occurred during the conflict.

DPA

Subject: German news

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