BERLIN, 12 AUGUST - Against the ongoing negotiations between the Berlin authorities and the Hohenzollern heirs on the return of expropriated assets to the German dynasty, the left-wing opposition party Die Link has launched an online petition presented today. The opposition to compensation for the house was motivated by the party leader, Katja Kipping, underlining the connivance of the Hohenzollerns with the regime of Adolf Hitler, who would have made them "Nazi henchmen". The petition speaks of an "irrefutable involvement of the Hohenzollern with the Nazi regime".
The Federal Government, the executive of the Berlin region and that of the Brandenburg have been dealing for some time to avoid appeals in court on the demands of the current head of the house, Georg Friedrich, prince of Prussia. Georg Friedrich is the great-grandson of the last German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II, and the dynasty had been dispossessed by the Soviets between 1945 and 1949, at the end of the Second World War.