Pharmacy in the capital of Austria decided to change "racist" name

Pharmacy Mohren Apotheke in Vienna decided to change the name, recognizing that the word Mohren, obsolete German term for black slaves, for many people, is discriminatory and offensive.

In a statement on the website of the pharmacy it is said that in the Middle ages, medicine in Europe was not developed, and effective medicines are supplied from Africa and Eastern countries. In this regard, as a token of appreciation the names of many pharmacies featured words like Mohren. The word in the middle Ages was used in relation to people with dark skin tone.

"We want to preserve the memory of these healers and their healing art, and thereby to remind you that the healing art existed not only in the European monasteries. But we realize that for many people the term is discriminatory and offensive, and are working on a re-registration", - the statement stresses.

According to the newspaper Kronen Zeitung, with storefront pharmacies in the Austrian capital had been removed the image of the African, instead you can now see text explaining how the name originated Mohren Apotheke.

Last week it became known that in Berlin the unknown painted over part of the name of the metro station Mohrenstrasse and signs with the name of the eponymous street, with it's anti-fascist inscriptions and stickers. The plates were drawn in the word Mohren. According to one version, the name of the street derives from the fact that it lived blacks who served the Prince of Prussia, the first Margrave of Brandenburg-Shvedskom Philip Wilhelm.

The cities of the U.S., and then in a number of countries in the world, a wave of protests and unrest after the death in Minneapolis at the hands of police of African-American George Floyd. He died in police detention, when one of them came over to him with his knee on the neck. The tragic incident has also led to a revision in the number of countries in relation to historical heritage: the demolition of the monument, renamed locations and streets whose names are associated with racial stereotypes.