Saturday, August 1, 2020

German couple buys land in Cape Breton, gets Nazi material too

Canada Cape Breton immigration Germany Nazi real estate anti-semitism holocaust denial historical revisionism

A German couple who planned to move their family and business to Cape Breton got more than they bargained for. Their first property deal in Canada came with Nazi propaganda.

Petra Krug said the man who sold her and her husband a property in Richmond County, N.S., also sent them emails with attachments that, among other things, honoured Germans from the Second World War and denied six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

Krug said she never asked for the material in the emails and didn't want it.

"I try to ignore that, because it is not our business with the things from Nazi and I detest it," she said. "I detest it."

Krug said she and her husband, Bernhard, spent several years dealing by email with Frank Eckhardt, owner of F.E. Property Sales in St. Peters, N.S., looking for a piece of land in Cape Breton. They wanted to immigrate with their daughter and start a new business leasing cottages in the country to seniors looking to downsize.

Allegations about Eckhardt holding far-right and Nazi views were first raised publicly last week in an article in the German magazine Der Spiegel. He was also the subject of a CBC News article last year after a couple from Austria complained about a land purchase they made from him.    (more,,,)


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