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Posted: 14 January 2012 - 0 comment(s)[ Comment ]
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I am from Germany and I have to say one thing about this article about the German couple who moved to Britain in the mid 1990's...Being at their age, Germans have a dry sense of humor when it comes to stuff like that. When I am called a Nazi because of me being from Germany, I laugh it off because it doesn't bother me one bit. One thing people have to understand insults don't bother me at all. I am not a Nazi because I am not from the 1930's and 1940's....I am a child of the mid 1960's. So how can I be a Nazi or alike? Makes no sense to me. Perhaps people say things like that to provoke me in which I cannot be provoked so easily.









A MATHS teacher put his German neighbour through four years of "hell" by blaring out the themes to Dad's Army, Dambusters and Rule Britannia, a court heard.

Geoffrey Butler, 54, is accused of racially harassing Reinhard Wendt and his wife Kathryn by playing wartime classics, doing a Nazi salute and broadcasting one of Winston Churchill's speeches towards their home.

The Wendts moved to the sleepy village of Lower Upnor, Kent, in 2007 and soon fell out with Butler over a land dispute.

The row quickly exploded into a series of claims of racist insults, provocation and even assault, Medway Magistrates' Court heard.

Mr and Mrs Wendt claim Butler racially harassed them by playing wartime classics and performing the salute towards them.

He is accused of whistling and playing the patriotic music, including Vera Lynn songs, staring at his neighbours and making pointless complaints about them.

Butler, a teacher of 28 years whose family served in the RAF, denies the four-year hate campaign.

The court heard he told officers: "I haven't been doing this. It may happen on the odd occasion, whatever. Was it illegal? It wasn't. I don't see anything wrong with Dame Vera Lynn. I come from an RAF family."

But Mr Wendt, 62, told magistrates he was having nightmares and said: "It was like waterboarding, after a while a little whistle was enough. It let me know he was there and watching me."

Social worker Mrs Wendt, who broke down in tears giving evidence, said: "It made me feel nervous and intimidated and I didn't want to go out into my back garden any more.

"I just want to live a peaceful life. I haven't looked for this trouble, I haven't asked for this trouble and I don't want to be here."

Mr Wendt, who moved to Britain from Germany in 1999, accused Butler of whistling the war tunes and playing them from his car stereo regularly since 2007.


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The songs included Vera Lynn's White Cliffs of Dover, wartime hit Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner and the Colonel Bogey March from Bridge On the River Kwai.

He also claimed Butler would pretend to be on his ***** next to the garden fence and talk loudly about Nazis.

The court also heard how Butler would stand on his garage roof to stare at the Wendts, but Butler said he was sunbathing as his garden was too shady.

Events came to a head last April when the Wendts claimed they were sitting in bed and saw Butler taking a picture of them through the window, which Butler denied.


Don't panic ... the cast of classic sitcom Dad's ArmyDon't panic ... the cast of classic sitcom Dad's Army


Five days later, when police were due to interview the feuding neighbours, the Wendts claimed they arrived home to see Butler in his kitchen making a Nazi salute, mimicking a Hitler moustache with his fingers and shouting.

Mr Wendt said he was "jumping about like a madman" but Butler told officers: "I find it grossly offensive, why would I do that?"

Butler, whose trial has been adjourned for two months because it did not finish on schedule, has been out of work since his arrest.



He told the court: "I had a job offer for this term, but as soon as this case was mentioned it was withdrawn.

"As a teacher I am subject to enhanced checks which mean unproven allegations can still be mentioned."

Butler was questioned on suspicion of assault after an incident between him and Mr Wendt on July 30, 2007, but no charges were brought.

He will give evidence on March 19, when he is expected to deliver a catalogue of accusations against the Wendts.

If found guilty he could face up to two years in jail.


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