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Far-right German politician on trial over Auschwitz tattoo

Published 22/12/2015 | 10:16

Marcel Zech is accused of having a tattoo of what appeared to be the Auschwitz death camp
Marcel Zech is accused of having a tattoo of what appeared to be the Auschwitz death camp

A far-right politician who appeared at a swimming pool with a tattoo of what appeared to be the Auschwitz death camp on his back has gone on trial in Germany, charged with incitement.

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Neuruppin prosecutors accuse Marcel Zech of violating the country's ban on the public display of Nazi symbols.

Another bather took a photo of the tattoo, which also carried the slogan from the Buchenwald concentration camp's gate, "Jedem das Seine" - "To each his own" - at a pool in Oranienburg, north of Berlin, on November 21 and passed it on to authorities.

Zech, 27, is a member of the far-right National Democratic Party who sits on the county council in an area outside Berlin. He faces up to one year in prison if convicted.

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