Sixteen

1996, intervention, Joachim Stein, Albert Distelrath

In the small german town Diez 16 young Luxembourgians who refused to serve in the german army were killed during the last days of the war. Until the late 90s the town refused to install a memorial for the victims.

the site of the execution is a today a parking lot

the site of the execution is a today a parking lot

Some local politicians argued cynically that the killing deserters is a just thing to do in times of war. Their position becomes more absurd considering that only Nazi Germany considered Luxembourg a part Germany and therefore recruited Luxembourgians.

Through a series of interventions in Diez and namely by threatening to put up a web memorial since a real one was denied, we helped starting a public discussion. Eventually there was an agreement to install a real space memorial.