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German police probe far-right threat to school named after neo-Nazi victim

Walter-Luebcke School, named for slain pro-migrant politician whose murderer was sentenced last week, receives threatening letter

Walter Luebcke, who was in charge of the Kassel area regional administration, talks to media in Kassel, Germany, June 25, 2012. (Uwe Zucch/dpa via AP, file)
Walter Luebcke, who was in charge of the Kassel area regional administration, talks to media in Kassel, Germany, June 25, 2012. (Uwe Zucch/dpa via AP, file)

BERLIN, Germany — German police said Tuesday that they had launched an investigation into a threatening letter, apparently from a far-right activist, sent to a school named after a politician murdered by a neo-Nazi.

They said the Walter-Luebcke School in Wolfhagen last week received a threatening letter signed “NSU 2.0,” in reference to a neo-Nazi cell that murdered immigrants between 2000 and 2007.

“Police took the threat seriously and in close agreement with the school’s management took necessary measures,” police from the state of Hesse told AFP.

No suspicious objects were found at the school, police said, adding that there was no danger for staff or students.

Luebcke, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party who backed her pro-migrant stance, was shot dead by 47-year-old Stephan Ernst in 2019 in what was believed to be Germany’s first far-right political assassination since World War II.

Defendant Stephan Ernst looks on in the courtroom at the higher regional court in Frankfurt, Germany, January 28, 2021. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Pool Photo via AP)

Ernst was sentenced to life in prison last Thursday, after the prosecution argued that he had been motivated by “racism and xenophobia.”

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has declared far-right extremism the “biggest security threat facing Germany.”

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