Dying of the final “Black Wolf”, determine of Alsatian autonomy
“It’s with disappointment that we realized of the dying of Pierre Rieffel”, an “Alsatian patriot, chief” and “final dwelling member of the” Schwarze Wölfe “(Black Wolves)”, indicated the formation in a press launch.
Born in 1928, Mr. Rieffel had based within the Nineteen Seventies with two different separatist activists, René Woehrly and Ewald Jaschek, each deceased, the “Alsatian fight group the Black Wolves” (“Elsässische Kampfgruppe Die Schwarze Wölfe”), hostile to France.
The “Black Wolves” had notably set fireplace to a barracks in Struthof-Natzweiler, the one focus camp arrange by the Nazis on French soil, then in annexed Alsace. That they had additionally blown up two crosses of Lorraine and a statue of Turenne, marshal of Louis XIV and hated image of the Alsatian autonomists of the French presence within the area.
Victims of the French
These assaults induced no casualties or accidents. Arrested in 1981, the three males and the wives of two of them have been sentenced the next yr in Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin) to sentences starting from seven months for one of many wives to a few years in jail, two of which agency, for M. Rieffel.
Throughout their trial, they’d notably invoked the “purges” on the Liberation of Alsace of which they stated they’d been victims on the a part of the French.
“We’ll always remember the sacrifice that Pierre Rieffel and his two mates made to (…) save our language and affirm the suitable of peoples to self-determination,” stated Unser Land in its press launch.
Pierre Rieffel has “actively fought” for the upkeep of “our soul and our language in Alsace”, declared on Twitter the secretary normal of Unser Land, Martin Meyer, in a message written in German.
The identify of the “Black Wolves” resurfaced in February 2019, when it was discovered on a grave within the Jewish cemetery of Quatzenheim (Bas-Rhin), dozens of which had been desecrated, tagged particularly with swastikas. Questioned by the native press, Pierre Rieffel, who lived withdrawn in Breitenbach (Bas-Rhin), had refuted any hyperlink with desecration and neo-Nazi circles.
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