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Marc Andressen, a spokesperson for the Green Party in Rotenburg who has repeatedly tried but failed to get the name changed, says he’s happy the defense ministry has finally goose outlet canada come around. Currently, he said, “we have a tendency canada goose outlet toronto factory toward right wing parties in Europe. We need new rules, moral values, ideals and idols [that] exclude the Nazi era and its heroes.”

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“His wife was also half Jewish and he had reason canada goose outlet germany to fear under the racial canada goose outlet miami laws back then that he could persecuted,” Weber said. “You can’t rule out that he was simply a victim of Nazi propaganda.”

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