The local council in a town of about 700 people in southwest Germany voted 10-3 to not to remove the massive 83-year-old bronze bell at the Church of St. Jacob. The bell has a swastika and the inscription "Alles fuer's Vaterland — Adolf Hitler," or "Everything for the Fatherland — Adolf Hitler. The bell has hung there for decades with little notice until recently the church's organist complained about it. The towns mayor resigned after giving a TV interview where he quoted a local woman as saying Hitler should be remembered for "the things he achieved." He said it was taken out of context. The new mayor supported keeping the bell in place and even ringing it again. He told a public broadcasting program that it could sound "the suffering of the victims," both Jewish and non-Jewish. Before the vote on Monday the mayor submitted a report from a historian who said the bell is an official monument, meaning it can't be altered.
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