Germans defy call to take down painting of Nazi envoy in London embassy

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A portrait of Adolf Hitler's foreign minister will remain hanging in the German embassy in London, the Berlin government has insisted.

It is defying calls to take down the picture, seen by critics to be "honouring a Nazi".

The Left party in Germany has campaigned for the removal of the oil painting of the convicted war criminal Konstantin Freiherr von Neurath, but the government rejected its motion in the Bundestag.

It said that the painting was a "factual documentation" of the embassy's past. Neurath served as the German ambassador in Britain between 1930 and 1932. He was also foreign minister until 1938 and "Reichsprotector" of Bohemia and Moravia until 1941. He was jailed for 15 years for "crimes against humanity" at the Nuremberg trials in 1946.
He died in 1956 at the age of 83.

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