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Israel protests as far-right German politician seen dancing on Holocaust memorial

Alternative for Germany representative Holger Winterstein pictured standing with arms outstretched on stone slab at Berlin memorial

Alternative for Germany representative Holger Winterstein posing with outstretched arms on one of the stone slabs that form the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin (Twiter:  used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Alternative for Germany representative Holger Winterstein posing with outstretched arms on one of the stone slabs that form the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin (Twiter: used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

BERLIN, Germany (AP) — Israel’s ambassador in Berlin has slammed a member of the far-right Alternative for Germany party for appearing to dance on the country’s Holocaust memorial.

Ambassador Ron Prosor said tweeted Tuesday that far-right politician Holger Winterstein had brought “shame upon himself and his party.”

A picture posted on social media showed Winterstein posing with outstretched arms on one of the stone slabs that form the memorial in Berlin for the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust.

German media reported that the picture was taken after a protest organized Saturday by Alternative for Germany.

The party, known by its German acronym AfD, said it would take action against Winterstein over his “extremely disrespectful behavior.”

Winterstein is a county representative in Thuringia.

Alternative for Germany representative Holger Winterstein posing with outstretched arms on one of the stone slabs that form the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. (Twitter, used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

The party’s leader in the state, Bjoern Hoecke, in 2018 called the Holocaust memorial a “monument of shame” and called for Germany to perform a “180-degree turn” when it comes to the way it remembers its past. A party tribunal at the time rejected a bid to have him expelled.

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