German neo-Nazi party refers to gas chambers in campaign ads
Campaign posters by Germany’s largest neo-Nazi party that refer to Nazi gas chambers are being condemned by politicians from across the political spectrum.
Some German officials reportedly are considering filing charges against the the NPD-National Democratic Party of Germany over a poster featuring its leader, Udo Voigt, dressed in black and revving a motorcycle with the slogan “Gas geben,” or “Step on the gas.”
Meanwhile, Berlin’s regional public radio station is refusing to run a commercial spot by the NPD, saying it promotes racism. According to the Berlin Morgenpost daily newspaper, the station’s legal department determined that the ad, which blames so-called foreigners for all of Germany’s problems, is illegal.
The radio station has given the NPD until Monday to change its ad, but the right-wing extremist party announced Aug. 13 that it would mount a legal challenge against the decision.