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Will Dead Soldiers Pay Rent?

In Politics on January 27, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka

World War II Wehrmacht soldiers who died near the Czech town of Cheb were to rest in piece on a local cemetery but the town wants “grave rent” that is unacceptable, the Novinky.cz news server wrote. But the German daily Bild am Sonntag came with the story first.

The costs are 500,000 euros, but the Mayor of Cheb claims the said price is not “rent” but necessary costs associated with the renovation of the cemetery.

It looks like it is extortion but it is not, the mayor says.

Many locals oppose this idea, no matter what international conventions and treaties might say. Something tells me that the more this issue gets stirred the more councillors will vote against the project. After all, a cemetery with graves of WWII German soldiers in a town that suffered a lot during the war… 

 

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