SA-Sturmbannführer / An intervention

Wolfram P. Kastner and Martin Krenn, two Austrian artists, attached a sign to a “honorary grave” of a “SA-Sturmbannführer” on a Graz cemetary.
(Sturmbannführer was a paramilitary rank of the Nazi Party which was used by both the Sturmabteilung (SA) and the Schutzstaffel (SS). It could be translated as “Assault (or Storm) Unit Leader”. The SA title of Sturmbannführer was first established in 1921.)


Translation of the new sign: “Hans Tita Probst was a member of the SA, which was forbidden in Austria, and he was shot in July 1934 as a participant of the Nazi putsch. Four years later, when the Austrian Nazis and their cooperators had come into power, his urn was solemnly entombed here. The racist assassinator was celebrated as a hero of Great Germany. Spearheads of NS-crimes deserve no honor. The swastika and the inscription on this tombstone glorify Nazi violence since 68 years. The ongoing belittlement of NS crimes has to stop – rightist extremist ideology and violence shall never again get into power.”


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