The German military spokesman for the troops recalled from Lithuania due to the incident said “bringing shame to all of us.”
A spokesman for the German military said that about 30 German soldiers have been recalled to serve in Lithuania. The leader will face immediate dismissal after being accused of racist and anti-Semitic remarks and sexual violence.
These soldiers serve as part of NATO’s enhanced forward presence mission in Lithuania, providing protection for Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia by deterring Russia.
Der Spiegel reported earlier that some German soldiers were drunk in the hotel and had to call the military police.
Further investigation revealed that the soldiers sang a birthday song for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler at an earlier rally.
The spokesperson said that in addition to violating the oath, these soldiers were also accused of “offending with racism and anti-Semitism, and exhibiting extremist behavior.” They will return to Germany on Thursday.
“This kind of behavior is not only unforgivable, but it also brings shame to all of us,” she added.
Most of Germany’s post-war foreign policy focused on atonement for the crimes of Hitler’s Third Reich, which killed millions of people in the European Jewish Holocaust, which is one of the most serious crimes in human history.
Many incidents in which members of the police and army were found to express sympathy for the Nazis have aroused great attention from the authorities and the media.
Germany’s deployment in the eastern Baltic Sea has increased sensitivity because its soldiers last served in World War II, where they and members of the German SS committed some of the bloodiest wars during the then western Soviet march. offense.
The investigation also found that 569 rounds of ammunition were missing from the inventory, although this may have been caused by a calculation error by the soldiers at the end of the shooting practice.
The spokesperson said that the chief inspector of the German military has apologized to his Lithuanian counterparts.