German From Far-right AfD Stronghold Faces Holocaust Denial Charges After Nazi Camp Tour

Sachsenhausen tour guide asked group to leave after some denied facts of genocide

The Sachsenhausen Crematorium Memorial.
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German prosecutors confirmed Monday that authorities at the memorial for the concentration camp Sachsenhausen had filed criminal charges against a man who reportedly denied the Holocaust during a visit to the site. 

The man was part of a visiting group from the constituency of Alice Weidl, the parliamentary leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany. He is accused of hate speech and disturbing the peace of the dead. 

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The group was expelled from the memorial's premises outside of Berlin in July 2018 after some of the participants began denying the facts of the genocide committed by the Nazi regime. The tour guide asked the group to leave after some of the group's members denied the existence of gas chambers. 

Holocaust denial and denial of crimes committed by the Nazis is illegal in Germany. German prosecutors said the Sachsenhausen memorial requested a fine against the man but did not give an amount.