Ted Junker, an 87-year-old German living in Wisconsin, is building a memorial to Adolf Hitler on his land. Junkers lived in Romania during the rise of the Third Reich and eventually joined the Waffen SS, where he served on the Russian front.
After the war, he moved to the United States. While he asserts that Hitler has simply been misunderstood, others believe that he’s simply a Holocaust denier.
“I like the US,” Junker told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel according to the Associated Press. “I can’t understand why people don’t know the truth. This is for understanding, not hate.”
Kathy Heilbronner, of the Milwaukee Jewish Council for Community Relations, told AP that “in making these assertions, he’s deliberately choosing to ignore the overwhelming volume of everything that supports every aspect of the Holocaust.”