Controversy over “Coppi-Park” in Lichtenberg: Investor renames business park after protest

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In the execution room of the Prison Pltzensee, today memorial

In the execution room of the prison Pltzensee, today memorial, also members of the resistance organization red chapel were murdered. Hans Coppi was killed in December 1942 by hanging on Eisenhaken (top of the picture). Hilde Coppi also died in Pltzensee in July 1943 by beheading under the hatchet.



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The Dutch investor Hendrik van Caem will no longer call one of his major construction projects in Lichtenberg “Coppi Park”, but “Van Caem Park”. Van Caem reacts to criticism from Hans Coppi junior, son of Nazi resistance fighters Hans and Hilde Coppi.

Do not name for marketing purposes

As the Berliner Zeitung reported, the 77-year-old had protested against the fact that the name of his parents for a commercial project godfather. “I do not want my parents’ name abused for marketing purposes,” he said.

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Van Caem said on Monday: “I regret the whole process and apologize to Dr. Ing. Coppi for the irritation that our name choice with him quite rightly triggered. “He had” immediately decided “not to use the name” Coppi Park “. The investor has now had the name of the construction project changed on his homepage Van Caem Projects. Where previously “Coppi Park” was mentioned, now stands “Van Caem Park”.

Investor Caem has apologized to Hans Coppi

Hans Coppi junior is satisfied with this outcome. He had received a long email from van Caem, in which the Dutch apologized and informed him about the renaming. “I can live well with that,” Coppi told the Berliner Zeitung.

Van Caem wants to build a business park on more than 110,000 square meters in Buchberger Strasse in Lichtenberg. There, companies should be able to rent, focusing on start-ups and IT companies. More than 5000 jobs are estimated to be created. Still the construction did not begin.

Hans and Hilde Coppi were members of the Nazi resistance and the so-called Red Chapel. They distributed flyers and tried to make radio contact with the Soviet Union. In 1942 and 1943 they were executed after captivity in Pltzensee by the Nazis.