German Politician Arrested After Being Spotted At Pool With Death Camp Tattoo

nazi-tattooCivil libertarians have long been critical of the German speech crimes, including the prohibition on any Nazi symbols. Not only have the laws not had any discernible impact on the neo-Nazi movement but they actually make these extremists into victims and force them further underground. The laws also lead to bizarre cases like the arrest of a German man for a cellphone ringtone of Hitler. The latest case is out of Oranienburg where German politician Marcel Zech was arrested due to a tattoo spotted on his back at a pool.

Zech was charged after another bather saw that he had what appeared to be a tattoo of the Auschwitz death camp on his back and the slogan from the Buchenwald concentration camp’s gate, “Jedem das Seine” — “to each his own.”

The 27-year-old is a member of the far-right National Democratic Party, who sits on the county council in an area outside Berlin. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

Putting aside the less than flattering image of the love handles on the master race, these prosecutions do little to deter such extremists. Neo-Nazis have changed the Nazi salute and symbol slightly to get around the laws. Many more have gone underground. More importantly, these laws fuel the trend in Europe toward greater and greater criminalization of speech. Despite the questionable success of the German laws, countries like England and France have gone all in on the concept of criminalizing speech under a variety of rationales.

What do you think?

35 thoughts on “German Politician Arrested After Being Spotted At Pool With Death Camp Tattoo”

  1. I agree with Randyjet on all of his comments above. Germany has a distinct history and ethnic proclivity for hating Jews and Gypsies.

  2. issacbasonkavichi,

    2nd Amendment

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    It’s difficult to understand your missive but if you’re addressing this John, I’ll be glad to respond to your deliberately ridiculous assertions.

    Tanks would violate municipal codes and cause significant damage to infrastructure. The operation of tanks would be a code violation. It would be difficult indeed, if not impossible, for a “people” to bear a tank as “arms.” It is entirely conceivable, however, that said “people” with arms would soon commandeer tanks and other devices to effect the “security of a free State” if necessary.

    To preclude your next bit of idiocy on the subject: Nuclear weapons are weapons of mass destructions and they are N
    OT arms.

    The Founders did not deem it necessary to keep and bear entire armies to

    assure the “security of a free State,”

    just ARMS that “people” bear,

    including ammunition magazines and ancillary devices that make said arms effective.

  3. John

    There’s that old ‘unequiviality’ and then that pesky ‘peacefully’ popping up, offering arguments for both directions. It’s the same with the 2nd amendment, the well regulated thing against the ‘I should be able to have an Abrams tank in case the gommerment jackbooted thugs try and take it away.’ thang.

  4. I believe it is a waste prosecutorial resources to go after this tramp stamp camp.

    Yeah put him in prison for five years for having a tattoo. That will cure him of getting any more Nazi tattoos. NOT.

    1. At least giving this thug some prison time WILL end his political career and kick him off the county council. That is worth the time and trouble. I might add that this is GERMANY which has a major problem called Hitler and WWII. Those folks have the right to decide what to do about their past and how to stop such things from happening again. My only regret is that the Cold War took precedence over purging Nazis in a more thorough manner.

      1. randyjet – if only the Germans had not sent Lenin to Russia and started the Soviet revolution we would not have had a Cold War. In fact, had there been a Tsar in Russia during WWII, it is likely the Germans would not have invaded.

  5. I’m sure that some of our own right-wing guys have tramp-stamps to show off…….Most likely at the Koch brothers meetings……

  6. “…shall make no law…abridging…”

    The Founders did not equivocate.

    The People have the right to freedom of thought and freedom of speech, press, assembly, religion, etc.

    The People may insult the King. Too bad Mr. King. I’m sorry for you.

    1st Amendment

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    That Europeans et al. remain in the “Dark Ages” is unfortunate digression in need of correction.

  7. randyjet

    Yeah, kind of what I mean. There’s free speech, responsible free speech, irresponsible free speech, and in this case, site specific free speech. You can have your absolutist society and your interpretive society. We live somewhere in between both, Canadian, American, European trash that we are.

  8. Issac, somehow free speech has been trumped by your hatred of the poolside politician. No?

    Obviously, he’s repulsive, but when it’s boiled down all we as proles have in the US is free speech unless we roll over to an infringement of that right, too. Everything else is owned by somebody else. Let’s protect what little we have here by supporting that schlep’s right to insidious political tattoos and midriff bulge!

    1. steve We have no need to protect free speech in Germany and can do damned little about it in any case. First off, Germany has a LOT of freedom of speech, absent some minor things such as this law. Germany has a much different history than the US and they have different needs and laws, so I am willing to accede to their judgement since they DO have lots of freedom of expression despite this law.

  9. For Germany it makes sense to ban symbols of the Nazi era, but too often such laws make it seem like they have done all that they need to do in getting rid of Nazis. If they will not get the actual Nazis and purge them and their wealth and influence, then at least they can and should ban such reminders of their haunted past. I would trade putting the Nazis in prison for life and getting rid of any wealth or property they have for allowing such symbols to be displayed.

  10. A lot of cops in my area go with satanic theme tattoos. It’s easier to blend in with the gangs when doing special assignment undercover work.
    After infiltrating gangs and getting the warm and fuzzies with gang bosses, they make lots of busts.

  11. There must be something in the Canadian/European trash genes that doesn’t allow them to understand free speech.

  12. Yes, I think they should criminalize all speech, because there’s a victim born every minute.

  13. Let Mr. Zech walk around like that – in fact encourage Mr. Zech to go swimming more often.

    The censorship creates an attractive aura of danger and intrigue – the reality is that Mr. Zech is a fat man with poor judgement.

  14. Somehow, it’s just seems right that he should be in prison. The society in which he lives seems to be able to separate free speech from hate.

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