German politician sent to prison over Auschwitz tattoo

A German court sent politican Marcel Zech to prison for sporting a tattoo on his back that combined an image of the Auschwitz death camp with the slogan from the Buchenwald concentration camp’s gate, “Jedem das Seine” — “to each his own.”

Marcel Zech, a far-right German politician, on Monday was convicted of incitement and was sentenced to eight months in prison for displaying an offensive Nazi-inspired tattoo.

The court sided with the prosecutors and stiffened the suspended term he originally received.

Zech, 28, sported a tattoo on his back that combined an image of the Auschwitz death camp with the slogan from the Buchenwald concentration camp’s gate, “Jedem das Seine” — “to each his own.”

Zech, a member of the far-right National Democratic Party, admitted displaying the tattoo while visiting a swimming pool.

A district court in Oranienburg sentenced him a six-month suspended sentence in December, but prosecutors appealed the ruling, which was reversed and switched to an actual prison term.

Judge Joern Kalbow said the public might view a suspended sentence as “the state retreating in the face of right-wing radicalism,” while noting that Germany has seen an uptick in the rate of xenophobic crimes.

Zech will appeal again to a higher court.

Zech has since altered the offending tattoo as a result of the “exceptional denunciation” he has encountered and because he wants to be able to keep going to the pool with his children.

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The image of Auschwitz has been replaced by Max and Moritz, figures from a German children’s tale, but the tattoo still includes the slogan “to each his own.”

By: World Israel News Staff
AP contributed to this report.