November 1, 2010

Beate Klarsfeld visited the Shoah Memorial Mural in Berlin

Beate Auguste Künzel Klarsfeld is famous in ”hunting” Nazis war criminals. With her husband, Serge Klarsfeld, she has also denounced major Nazi political activism and European officials.

On 1 November she visited the Shoah Memorial Mural installed inside the Evangelische Vaterunser Kirche in Berlin. Her hostess was Pastor Annemarie Werner, head of the congregation.

Mrs. Klarsfeld is the daughter of a Christian, German-born, regular Wehrmacht soldier. She lived in Germany during the Second World War. At the age of 21 she traveled to Paris to study and work. In 1963 she met Serge Klarsfeld whom through she joined the French intellectual milieu and became interested in the fate of the Jews during the Holocaust.

Serge Klarsfeld was born in Bucharest, Romania. He is a writer, historian and lawyer. His family moved to France at the beginning of the Second World War. In 1943, his father was arrested by the SS in a massive raid in the city of Nice, being deported to Auschwitz concentration camp, where he was murdered. Serge, with his mother and sister survived the war. He obtained a degree in advanced studies in history at the Sorbonne and in political science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

The Mural, that was unveiled in 2004 in a moving interconfessional ceremony, is a replica of the one inaugurated in 1997 inside the Buenos Aires’ Cathedral.