Sixteen

1996, intervention, Joachim Stein, Albert Distelrath

During the last days of Worldwar II sixteen young people from Luxembourg who refused to server in the German army were killed in the small town of Diez. Until the late 90s the town refused to install a memorial for these victims of fascism.

the site of the execution is a today a parking lot

Today the site of the execution is a supermarket parking lot.

Local politicians argued that the killing of deserters is a just thing to do in times of war. Besides the general cynicism of there position it is worth noting that only Nazi Germany considered Luxembourg a part of Germany and therefore recruited young men from Luxembourg.

We supported local activists with a series of interventions in Diez and by setting up a memorial on the internet. Eventually there was an agreement to install a real space memorial.