Neo-Nazi Town Home of 'Happy Holocaust' BBQ

Jamel's a favorite burg of right-wing fanatics
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 6, 2011 3:00 AM CDT
More than half of the residents of the village of Jamel are connected to the far right NPD Party and Neo-Nazis.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

(Newser) – No one's laughing if it's "a joke." A VBS TV reporter out to discover how crazily right wing a neo-Nazi German town is stumbled upon an outdoor cooking grill emblazoned with the words "Happy Holocaust." The small town of Jamel in northeastern Germany is known as a place where Hitler salutes are sometimes spotted, where outsiders are chased away, and where strange shooting practices take place in the woods. At least 50% of the population supports neo-Nazis or the National Democratic Party.

The grill was spotted in the yard of the NDP office building. A local party politician said he hadn't noticed the words, reports Der Spiegel. "Maybe someone is making fun of the political class because of how they repress open discussion," he explained. "After all, if someone has an opinion about the Holocaust, they should be able to express it. It must belong to someone in the building, but to me that matter is unimportant." The TV journalist said she was "shocked" by the words. "I couldn't believe what I saw," she added. "It was like in a bad American movie that tries to come up with the most ridiculous idea for how to make Nazis look really terrible."

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