The Left Party has launched a nationwide online petition, which is directed against compensation of the aristocratic house Hohenzollern. The party leader Katja Kipping presented the campaign in Berlin, which turns against a transfer of former possessions to the Hohenzollern. "The claims of these noble sprouts are excessive and oblivious to history," said Kipping. For "Nazi henchmen" there should be no compensation.
The left in the state of Brandenburg, which is particularly affected by the demands of the Hohenzollern, had already launched in the past week, a popular initiative against the claims of the aristocratic house. But since many people from other federal states wanted to protest against the demands of the aristocracy, now the nationwide initiative has started, said Kipping.
It has recently become known that the federal government as well as the states of Berlin and Brandenburg have long been negotiating the concerns of the Hohenzollern. According to reports, Hohenzollern leader Georg Friedrich Prinz von Preußen demands a right of residence in Potsdam's Cecilienhof Palace or other mansion houses - as well as thousands of works of art of national importance from public museums in Berlin and Brandenburg.
"Entanglement with the Nazi regime"
The talks should allow an out-of-court settlement that could avoid court cases. The Hohenzollern are among the German aristocracy, the current head of the family is great-great-grandson of William II, the last German emperor. The aristocratic house had been expropriated between 1945 and 1949 by the Soviet occupying power.
In the negotiations of the federal government and the states of Berlin and Brandenburg with the Hohenzollern, according to the Brandenburg state government, no agreement is yet visible. "Currently, the negotiating positions are still very far apart," said Minister of Culture Martina Münch (SPD) in response to a request from the CDU in the state parliament.
The no to a compensation is based on "the irrefutable entanglement of the Hohenzollern with the Nazi regime", it says in the appeal of the left. All demands for the publication of works of art and exhibits from public museums must be rejected. The heirs of the Hohenzollern dynasty are unlikely to transfer real estate, land, lakes or forests. Rather, this must remain in public ownership.