According to the news in the country's press, 3 swastikas were drawn with orange paint on the tombstones of former Prime Minister Schmidt and his wife Loki Schmidt in the cemetery in the Ohlsdorf neighborhood of Hamburg.

After the swastikas were discovered, the gravestones were immediately cleaned.

Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, in a statement on the social media platform X, described the incident as "outrageous" and said, "Helmut and Loki Schmidt always stood against humiliation, racism and anti-Semitism, always conscious of our history."

In a statement released by the Helmut Schmidt Foundation, the police launched an investigation into the incident.

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Born on December 23, 1918 and died on November 10, 2015, Schmidt served as German Chancellor between 1974 and 1982.