|Middenhoff's famous photo (©Staatsarchiv Freiburg)|
|Tall Middenhoff in HJ uniform|
*Brand name of a famous washing powder: “Persil, nothing washes whiter”.
What makes the Middendorff Affair unbearable are his anti-Semitic notes found after his death when, e. g., he welcomes the fact that in the winter semester of 1938/39 Freiburg’s university was judenfrei (free of Jews). To cap it all off he wrote a "poem" modifying the text of an old ballad: Wetzt die langen Messer am Synagogenstein, daß sie besser flutschen in den Judenbauch hinein (Sharpen your long knives on the stones of the synagogue, so they may more smoothly glide into the belly of Jews). Nauseating!
Knowing Middenhoff’s story, his famous photo reproduced on municipal information panels derides the Jewish victims. Unfortunately, this is just another chapter in the unfinished saga of the Platz der Alten Synagoge. Markus Wolter rightly demands that the photo must be commented extensively in the final version of those information panels.