A tribunal in East Germany on Tuesday reported that it is likely to reject a Jewish man’s bid to force the abolition from a church where Martin Luther once preached of an unpleasant remaining century of anti-Semitism.
Senate of the Naumburg Court,Henning told reporters at the hearing that perhaps he would reject the appeal.
He said that in his presentation, the Senate could not follow the complainant’s view that the defamatory sculpture can be regarded as an expression of ignorance.
On 4 February the verdict shall be issued.
The sculpture of the Town Church at Wittenberg, nicknamed Judensau or Jew pig,dates from around 1300. It is perhaps the best known of more than 20 such Middle Age antisemitic artifacts,which still embellish churches in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.
Situated at a corner of the church, 4 meters (13 feet) above the ground, it shows Jews suckling on sow teats, whilst a Rabbi raises the quartz on animals. In 1570 an inscription was added by Luther after the Protestant Reformation that deals with an anti-Jewish tract.
Judaism found the pigs unclean and there is no question about the voluntary offense of sculpture. However, there is considerable disagreement with the relief.
The hearing on Tuesday was the second round of legal dispute, which is a time when anti-Semitism in Germany is increasingly concerned. In May, the court ordered Claimant Michael Duellmann to be removed and placed in the nearby museum of Luther House.
The Parish decided to leave the sandstone sculpture in place when the church had been renovated in the early 1980s and restored as well. A monument to the persecution of the Jews and the massacre of six million people in the Nazi Holocaust was built on the site in 1988.