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Despite the anti-Semitism charge : Munich honors controversial cartoonists Hanitzsch

On the website of the city of Munich it is said that the Ernst-Hoferichter-prize annual artist award, the "originality with openness to the world and Humor".

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Despite the anti-Semitism charge : Munich honors controversial cartoonists Hanitzsch

On the website of the city of Munich it is said that the Ernst-Hoferichter-prize annual artist award, the "originality with openness to the world and Humor". In January, the cartoonist Dieter Hanitzsch is to be awarded. As a presenter, the former mayor of Munich, Christian Ude will occur. Chairman of the Foundation Advisory Board, the Hanitzsch auserkor, cultural officer Hans-Georg Küppers.

In the city's Jewish community is appalled. Because Hanitzsch was released in may of 2018, on the occasion of the victory of the Israeli singer Netta at the "Eurovision Song Contest" in the "süddeutsche Zeitung", a drawing with Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Bavarian anti-Semitism representative, Ludwig Spaenle, as a "terrifying" referred to.

a storm of protests, even from parish President Charlotte Knobloch. She was "deeply shocked and hurt," how you thought and felt "most of the Jews in Germany," she said at the time. Hanitzsch said that he was unaware of any wrongdoing and regret nothing. The "Süddeutsche Zeitung" was the collaboration with your artist.

The daily mirror Charlotte Knobloch said that the award for Hanitzsch was "more than strange and completely inappropriate". The cartoon to the ESC was "an open rejection of all values" of the Ernst-Hoferichter-prize. "You had led several motifs of classical anti-Semitism together, and thus crossed the border," said Knobloch. Therefore, the "Süddeutsche've pulled" at the time, "the only right conclusion, and the cooperation with Mr Hanitzsch finished".

"particularly disappointing" feels Knobloch, cultural officer Küppers gives the price as Board of Trustees Chairman and former WHETHER the Building holds the laudation. "With this award, the Parties prove to be the commitment for a prosperous Coexistence in our city a disservice."

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That the decision for Hanitzsch would encounter resentment and criticism, had Küppers and his Co suspected-councils, one of which is speaker Building. His spokeswoman sent on demand, for this case, prepared Statement of the culture of the speakers. It says: "Even if the cartoon – which is perhaps not his most successful – can be misinterpreted, is the accusation, Dieter Hanitzsch is an anti-Semite, also with a view to his life's work, is unacceptable." However, hardly anyone had called Hanitzsch as an anti-Semite but his cartoon as anti-Semitic.

The Jury emphasized that Hanitzsch receive the prize for his complete works. The question of whether he is not afraid to hurt with the awarding of the prize to Hanitzsch, the Jews again, let Küppers unanswered.

Ex-IF Ude spoke of "a very small circle that is trying to put pressure on the city's policy to exercise". The social Democrat, alluding to what it considers to be "tightly organized protest action" of a group called "Munich citizens against anti-Semitism and Israel hatred," the calls by email to the Protest against the awarding of the prize. Municipality chief Knobloch had a Driven of this group. "You can't escape it, if they want to keep their community together." It was the "trial of the exclusion and the de facto professional ban, which was completely covered".

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covered not to have made Hanitzsch its critics with its Adherence to the drawing easily, but the cartoonist, "you can bow to not any racism allegation, when he signed Erdogan-critical," said Ude to the daily mirror. He knew, moreover, many of the Jews which were in letters to Hanitzsch "of indignation rituals distanced".

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