Willy Brandt, Mayor of West Berlin and later German Chancellor was an outstanding leader who stood up for progressive causes and the rights of all people. He was a fervent anti-Nazi. To see the extreme right wing anti-migrant AfD use Willy Brandt for its own puproses is beyond reprehensible. Willy Brandt abhorred everything in the AfD platform.
Excerpted from Deutsche Welle 8.7.2019
Social Democrats (SPD) said the move by the far-right party “smeared” the memory of former Chancellor Willy Brandt. The SPD leader sought atonement for Nazi Germany’s crimes and a reduction in Cold War tensions.
Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) criticized the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) on Wednesday for displaying former SPD Chancellor Willy Brandt on its electoral campaign posters.
German daily Der Tagesspiegel first reported on the posters in the eastern state of Brandenburg, which is scheduled to hold elections on September 1.
The posters show Brandt captioned with his quote: “Dare to be more democratic!” Underneath the caption is the AfD’s logo alongside “Vote for the AfD!” and “We’re writing history!”
Brandt was chancellor from 1969 to 1974. Many Germans remember him for kneeling in Warsaw in 1970 to commemorate the victims of the Warsaw Uprising during World War II.
He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971 in part for seeking closer ties with East Germany and other Communist countries during a tense period of the Cold War.
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