In Berlin dozens of priceless works of art have been damaged. Earlier, Attila Hildmann, among others, had called for attacks. Is there a connection?

To the attacks on works of art and antiquities on Berlin’s Museum Island on 3 October police investigated in all directions. So far, the researchers have not been able to establish a link between the damaged objects. But there’s one question in the room: Did the QAnon movement’s absurd conspiracy ideologies lead strangers to express their hatred for historical artwork? The name Attila Hildmann appears and the former TV chef has already jumped on it. After the attacks became known, he posted numerous archive texts on Wednesday. They are apparently meant as proof that Berlin is a stronghold of Satanism.

Visible spots on 70 objects

Hildmann is part of a scene that apparently views works of art on Museum Island as places of worship of the Satanists to be fought against. In no contribution did he distance himself from damage to works, some of which were thousands of years old. According to Christina Haak, deputy general director of museums, 63 objects in the Neues Museum, Pergamonmuseum and Alte Nationalgalerie locations have been affected, including three or four on loan. The total damage cannot be called until after the restoration work has been completed. On October 3, the artworks were splashed with a colorless, non-corrosive and oily liquid. It left visible stains.

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“The Thing Must Go”: As early as April in a QAnon group it was circulated that the Pergamon Altar was the “Throne of Satan” and that corridors were to go from there. (Source: Screenshot Telegram)

In recent weeks, Hildmann had written, among other things: ‘Here they perform their human sacrifices at night and profane children. The former TV chef isn’t alone in making absurd assumptions about the importance of the cultural treasures.

In recent months, the QAnon movement has solidified the assumption that the altar plays a central role for supposed Satanist elites. In early April, there were calls on German channels to learn more about the Pergamon Altar. The n-TV article “Satan Lives in Berlin” from 2006 gave the first impetus.

Pergamon altar as an entrance to the underworld

It was now scattered, for example as the so-called “throne of Satan” in the Revelation of John, the altar is the entrance to underground passages. QAnons are obsessed with the idea that a global elite is trapping children underground for their rituals. “That thing has to go,” a user wrote in April.

Pergamon Altar: The reconstruction with the original friezes in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin is an object of hatred for parts of the QAnon scene, they see it as a central place of a global satanic movement. (Source: Image Images)Pergamon Shrine: The reconstruction with the original friezes in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin is an object of hatred for parts of the QAnon scene, they see it as a central place of a global satanic movement. (Source: Image Images)

This is the Pergamon Altar
The Pergamon Altar is one of the most important legacies of Ancient Greece. Eumenes II had it built as king of Pergamon (in present-day Turkey) in the 2nd century BC. Rediscovered remains of the altar were brought to Berlin in the 19th century. The Pergamon Museum has been built especially for this purpose on Museum Island. For example, the famous high relief shows how the Greek gods fight against the giants. Contrary to conspiracy theories suggest, the purpose of the Pergamon Altar was not for human sacrifice.

Hildmann is not the origin of the hatred of the cultural documents that are thousands of years old, but merely absorbed and passed them on. Nor is it the only prominent amplifier. Xavier Naidoo called the Pergamon Museum the “Embassy of Hell” on the day of the second major nonconformist demo on August 29, and named it without further comment along with the Russian and US embassies. In front of the US and Russian embassies, citizens of the Reich and supporters of QAnon had demonstrated and asked for “help”.

The absurdity of celebrities: Xavier Naidoo and Attila Hildmann posted many reports about the Pergamon Museum in the run-up to the demonstrations on August 29. The screenshot shows a message from Hildmann that Naidoo passed on. (Source: Screenshot Telegram)The absurdity of celebrities: Xavier Naidoo and Attila Hildmann posted many posts about the Pergamon Museum in the run-up to the demonstrations on August 29. The screenshot shows a message from Hildmann that Naidoo passed on. (Source: Screenshot Telegram)

Hildmann had himself recorded a video on Museum Island on August 27: “The international satanist scene converges in Berlin.” Days earlier, he had circulated a screenshot of a message suggesting that he would lead people to the “Baal Temple” and destroy it. That has now been removed.

Due to renovation and expansion, the Pergamon Altar will not be open to the public until 2023, but for Hildmann this was only an indication.

“Destroy Legacies Forever”

T-online could not find detailed calls to attack the artworks in QAnon channels. But Facebook, for example, has removed large QAnon pages and groups in recent weeks. On Friday, before the attack on the artworks became known, a QAnon channel posted on Telegram, “The Satanists are now being completely exterminated and their legacies such as the Pergamon Shrine and the countless obelisks worldwide will be destroyed forever.”

That’s not far from the fanatical will to destroy the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (IS) – and there are points of contact too. An example is the World Cultural Heritage image that was blown up by “IS” in the ancient destroyed city of Palmyra. After demolition, there were plans to rebuild a 15-meter high arch of New York’s temple of Baal in Times Square. The OCG sect’s kla.tv station criticized this: it could actually be a “manifestation of Satanism in the Christian West.” The 2016 post re-appeared on QAnon channels many times this year, although plans to replicate it were abandoned.

QAnon supporters burst into the pizzeria armed

The proximity of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s apartment to the Pergamon Museum was also presented in the scene as evidence of Merkel’s role in a Satanist elite. Most recently, the former US presidential candidate would be Hillary Clinton. A supporter of QAnon was in Washington, D.C. in December 2016, armed armed into a pizzeria where Clinton’s team had ordered food. He believed children were being held. The disproved theory has come to be known as the “Pizzagate”.

There have been other instances where QAnon supporters took action based on absurd ideas. In the United States, the FBI has classified them as a terrorist organization. Even the Hanau shooter held to the absurd QAnon belief that adrenochrome, a kind of fountain of youth elixir for an elite, could be extracted from children. Adrenochrome can be easily made in the laboratory. A link between QAnons and the incidents in the museums has so far been speculation, only the hatred of the supposed symbols of Satanism has been proven.

According to Hildmann, he received a so-called threat approach from the police in early September because of a stay in front of the museum and near Merkel’s apartment. Hildmann had held several meetings on the steps of the Altes Museum. As a result, the museum responded with a banner “For cosmopolitanism and democratic values. Against racism, anti-Semitism, nationalism and agitation.”

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