German politician gets suspended sentence for Nazi tattoo

BERLIN: A far-right politician in Germany was found guilty on 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 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, German News Agency reported.