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German far-right politician convicted of “dancing” at Holocaust memorial

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Ambassador Ron Prosor said on Twitter on Tuesday that far-right politician Holger Winterstein had “shamed himself and his party”.

A picture posted to social media showed Winterstein posing with his arms outstretched on one of the stone slabs that make up the memorial in Berlin to the more than six million Jews murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust.

German media reported that the picture was taken after a protest organized by Alternative for Germany on Saturday.

Ambassador Prosor wrote: “Mr. Winterstein, everyone is watching you dance while you shame yourself and your party.“Enjoy your shameful minute of fame as your name will soon be forgotten.

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“The sanctified souls commemorated at the memorial will never be forgotten.”

The party, known by its German acronym AfD, said it would take action against Mr Winterstein over his “extremely disrespectful conduct”.

Mr. Winterstein is a district administrator in Thuringia.

The state chairman of the party, Björn Höcke, called the Holocaust memorial 2018 a “monument of shame” and called for a “180 degree turnaround” in Germany in remembering its past. A party court then rejected an application for exclusion.

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