Swastika and Nazi inscription wiped from German church bell

A Lutheran church in the northern German city of Schweringen said Tuesday that a swastika and a Nazi-era inscription had been removed anonymously from its church bell following a monthslong debate over how to deal with the controversial relic.

The Schweringen church pastor, Jann-Axel Hellwege, discovered last Thursday that the swastika, the symbol of Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist party, had been removed from the bell, a statement from the regional Lutheran parish of Balge said. The phrase accompanying the swastika, “This cross provides success and conquers discord,” had also been removed.