German court jails far-right extremist for Auschwitz tattoo
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German court jails far-right extremist for Auschwitz tattoo

Politician Marcel Zech found guilty of incitement for body art of Nazi death camp with inscription from Buchenwald

Tattoo on the back of far-right German politician Marcel Zech, depicting the Auschwitz death camp with the slogan from the Buchenwald concentration camp's gate, "Jedem das Seine" — "to each his own." (Screen capture: YouTube)
Tattoo on the back of far-right German politician Marcel Zech, depicting the Auschwitz death camp with the slogan from the Buchenwald concentration camp's gate, "Jedem das Seine" — "to each his own." (Screen capture: YouTube)

BERLIN — A German court has sentenced a far-right politician to eight months in prison for displaying a Nazi-style tattoo, stiffening the suspended term he originally received after prosecutors appealed.

The news agency dpa reported that the state court in Neuruppin, north of Berlin, on Monday upheld the defendant’s conviction for incitement.

The case against Marcel Zech involves a tattoo that appeared to combine an image of the Auschwitz death camp with the slogan from the Buchenwald concentration camp’s gate, “Jedem das Seine” — “to each his own.”

The 28-year-old admitted displaying the tattoo while visiting a swimming pool. In December, a district court in Oranienburg gave him a six-month suspended sentence.

Far-right German politician Marcel Zech sentenced to eight months in prison for adorning a tattoo of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. (Screen capture: YouTube)
Far-right German politician Marcel Zech sentenced to eight months in prison for adorning a tattoo of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. (Screen capture: YouTube)

Zech, a member of the far-right National Democratic Party, also appealed that verdict and had sought an acquittal.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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