German Politician Charged for Flaunting Auschwitz Tattoo

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Marcel Zech at a swimming pool with an Auschwitz tattoo. His trial for violating a ban on Nazi symbols will start on December 22. November 21, 2015.
Marcel Zech at a swimming pool with an Auschwitz tattoo, November 21, 2015.Credit: AP, provided by Alexander Marguier

A far-right German politician has been charged with incitement for publicly displaying a large tattoo of the Auschwitz death camp on his back.

Prosecutors announced Wednesday that Marcel Zech, a county council member near Berlin, is accused of violating Germany’s ban on the public display of Nazi symbols, The Associated Press reported.

Zech’s tattoo was visible on November 21 when he visited a swimming pool in Oranienburg and another visitor took a photo of it. In addition to the image of what appears to be the Auschwitz gate, the tattoo features the words “Jedem das Seine” (to each his own), which appeared on the gate of the Buchenwald death camp.

If convicted, Zech, who is 27 and a member of Germany’s National Democratic Party, could face up to five years in prison. His trial will begin on December 22.

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