Tombstone for Nazi minister approved

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1 September 2004 , BERLIN - A tombstone for the grave of Nazi Reich Minister for Munitions, Fritz Todt, has been approved by officials in the German capital after a two-year legal battle, a report said Tuesday. Todt's gravestone was removed after Nazi Germany's defeat in 1945 but approval for its replacement came after his daughter gave city officials documents showing her father's posthumous "de-Nazification" by U.S. occupation forces, said the Tagesspiegel newspaper. Berlin officials say they had no cho

1 September 2004  

BERLIN - A tombstone for the grave of Nazi Reich Minister for Munitions, Fritz Todt, has been approved by officials in the German capital after a two-year legal battle, a report said Tuesday.

Todt's gravestone was removed after Nazi Germany's defeat in 1945 but approval for its replacement came after his daughter gave city officials documents showing her father's posthumous "de-Nazification" by U.S. occupation forces, said the Tagesspiegel newspaper.

Berlin officials say they had no choice but to approve the Todt gravestone given that a green light had earlier been given for replacing the tombstone of another, lesser known former Third Reich official after de-Nazification documents were submitted.

The Todt grave is in Berlin's central Invaliden Cemetery which the Tagesspiegel warned could now become a place of pilgrimage for neo- Nazis.

Todt, who was killed in a 1942 plane crash, played a leading role in building Germany's Autobahn superhighway system.

Also buried at the Invaliden Cemetery is Nazi Gestapo chief Reinhard Heydrich who was killed in an attack by the Czech resistance agents in 1942.

Heydrich, who played a major role in planning the Holocaust, has of course not been de-Nazified and there is no chance of gravestone being approved for his final resting place, said the paper.

DPA

Subject: German news

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