German Politician Found Guilty of Incitement for Concentration Camp Tattoo

Far-right politician receives suspended six-month sentence for displaying tattoo of slogan from Buchenwald gate.

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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
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A far-right politician in Germany was found guilty Tuesday of incitement for showing a tattoo of what appeared to be the Auschwitz death camp while visiting a swimming pool.

A court in Oranienburg handed Marcel Zech a suspended six-month sentence.

German news agency DPA reported that the 27-year-old admitted displaying the tattoo with the slogan from the Buchenwald concentration camp's gate, "Jedem das Seine" — "to each his own" — at a pool on November 21.

Another bather took a photo of the tattoo and passed it on to authorities.

Prosecutors had asked for an unsuspended 10-month sentence for Zech for violating the country's ban on the public display of Nazi symbols. The defendant is a member of the far-right National Democratic Party, sits on the Barnim county council near Berlin and has a previous conviction for bodily harm, DPA reported.

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