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Woman sues Raab for mocking her prisoner camp description

The Local · 11 Sep 2010, 13:18

Published: 11 Sep 2010 13:18 GMT+02:00

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Erika Riemann was held in prisons and camps, including Bautzen, Sachsenhausen and Hoheneck after the end of the war – for drawing lipstick on a portrait of Stalin hanging in her classroom when she was 15, according to a report in Der Spiegel on Saturday.

She appeared on the Johannes B. Kerner television show to talk about her experiences in 2002.

During the show Kerner asked her to describe some of the verbal abuse handed out by her Russian captors. She reluctantly said that they would shout, ‘Fuck your mother’ at her.

Raab took a video clip of her saying the phrase and used it out of context in his television show ‘TV Total’ in November of the same year.

Riemann’s lawyer Frank Roeser said she was portrayed by Raab as a primitive old woman who used dirty language, in a disrespectful and unscrupulous fashion.

The clip of Riemann is now on Youtube and has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times, he said.

“We will follow the wishes of Ms. Riemann and not use the clip any more,” said Andreas Scheuermann, manager of Raab’s firm Brainpool, which produces his television show.

Brainpool would not comment on Riemann’s claim for €35,000 compensation.

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Raab has caused controversy and outrage before with his use of clips of people in other shows. In 1999 Raab recorded a song mockingly using a phrase spoken by a woman from Saxony during her description of a feud with her neighbour.

The song became a huge hit and the woman’s house was regularly besieged by people playing it. Although she is thought to have made some money from the months of attention, she later reportedly needed psychiatric treatment.

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Your comments about this article

14:00 September 11, 2010 by grazhdanin
he's a butcher with a bad taste and should better not host television shows
14:43 September 11, 2010 by Dayzee
I completely agree Gratzhdanin!

He has been pushing the limit too far for years now and should be banned from Television. He only adds to the arguement that the young people of today are getting stupider,, less respectful and more apathetic to their fellow man.

Shame on him!
01:55 September 12, 2010 by hOU
Considering the fact he's a woeful loser (in the competive sense) I hope the old Dame wins her case.
10:16 September 12, 2010 by September Fist
Mutter hass ist nicht gute.
10:28 September 12, 2010 by catjones
€34,500 seems ok, but €35,000 is outlandish.
13:00 September 12, 2010 by frankiep
I have never really watched much of what Raab does, but I cannot say that I am surprised. I have noticed more and more that the vast majority of German humor seems to be centered around mockery and disrespect of others. I see quite a bit of this on German TV where they will show someone (either an ordinary person or a public figure) followed by an 'interview' clip with someone else who is laughing at and mocking what was just shown previously. Of course Germans aren't the only ones who do this, but it does seem as if German culture views mockery of others as their main source of humor. It is no wonder that 'Schadenfreude' is a decidedly German concept.
12:41 September 13, 2010 by SRaab
Fk your mother
13:39 September 13, 2010 by Prufrock2010
"€34,500 seems ok, but €35,000 is outlandish."

I think €350,000 would be more appropriate. Too bad German law doesn't provide for punitive damages. This is a perfect example of when they would be warranted.
09:38 September 16, 2010 by moistvelvet
First Lena, now this... oh dear oh dear, Raab is going from bad to worse!
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