Far-right politician charged in Germany for Auschwitz tattoo
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Far-right politician charged in Germany for Auschwitz tattoo

Marcel Zech, 27, accused of incitement after displaying death camp ink at swimming pool

German prosecutors to investigate a man with a tattoo of what appears to be the Auschwitz death camp on his back in a public swimming pool in Oranienburg, eastern Germany on December 1, 2015. (screen capture: YouTube)
German prosecutors to investigate a man with a tattoo of what appears to be the Auschwitz death camp on his back in a public swimming pool in Oranienburg, eastern Germany on December 1, 2015. (screen capture: YouTube)

BERLIN — German prosecutors say they’ve charged a far-right politician with incitement after he appeared at a swimming pool with a tattoo of what appeared to be the Auschwitz death camp on his back.

Neuruppin prosecutors’ spokeswoman Lolita Lodenkaemper said Wednesday that Marcel Zech is accused of violating the country’s prohibition of 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.

The 27-year-old member of the far-right National Democratic Party, who sits on the county council in an area outside Berlin, faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

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