Berlin police are looking for out who opened the unmarked grave of former SS officer Reinhard Heydrich, a high Nazi killed by Czech partisans in 1942.
An worker on the Invalids’ Cemetery in central Berlin discovered that the grave had been opened on Thursday.
No bones have been eliminated, police say.
Heydrich was a key organiser of Nazi Germany’s mass homicide of European Jews. He chaired the Wannsee Convention in January 1942, the place Hitler’s genocidal “Closing Resolution” was deliberate.
Tampering with a grave could be prosecuted beneath a German legislation towards “grave defilement”.
The Allied occupation forces on the finish of World Conflict Two decreed that the graves of outstanding Nazis shouldn’t be marked, to forestall Nazi sympathisers turning them into shrines.
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Whoever violated Heydrich’s grave is assumed to have had inside data of its location.
An analogous incident occurred at Berlin’s Nikolai Cemetery in 2000, when a left-wing group opened what they claimed was the grave of Horst Wessel, a Nazi stormtrooper murdered in 1930, who was become a martyr and honoured with a Nazi anthem.
The group claimed to have thrown Wessel’s cranium into the River Spree, however police denied that, saying the grave was that of Wessel’s father and no bones had been eliminated.
Heydrich, nicknamed “the Butcher”, headed the Reich Principal Safety Workplace beneath SS chief Heinrich Himmler. Adolf Hitler known as Heydrich “the Man with the Iron Coronary heart”.
He dominated over Bohemia and Moravia till Might 1942, when Czech partisans attacked his limousine, and he died later of his accidents.
In retaliation, the Nazis destroyed Lidice village, murdering all the lads and adolescent boys and deporting the ladies and youngsters to focus camps.