Nazi Gnomes Invade German Town
Artist pokes fun at fascism with troll exhibit
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2009 3:21 AM CDT
German artist Ottmar Hoerl's assistant positions saluting Nazi gnomes.    (AP Photo/Christof Stache)

(Newser) – Some 1,250 controversial German gnomes giving the heil Hitler salute will greet visitors to the center of the German town of Straubing beginning today. The artist behind the gnome blitzkrieg says the installation, Dance With the Devil, is designed "to get people to think, to react," and to draw attention to the rise of far-right movements across Europe.

Giving the heil Hitler salute or displaying Nazi imagery is illegal in Germany, but artist Ottmar Hoerl has successfully defended his work in court, saying it ridicules rather than glorifies the Nazis. "In 1942 it would have been the Nazis massacring me because of this piece of art,” he said. “I am presenting the master race as garden gnomes, and that falls into any sensible definition of satire.”

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jagerhans
Oct 18, 2009 8:20 AM CDT
no, no, no. those who want to suppress freedom of speech don't deserve to have it, just the same way in which one who murders his father can't get his filthy hands over his inheritance. aelius go join hitlerjugend.
kyleleitch
Oct 16, 2009 3:25 AM CDT
Or rather, a fascist Liberal.
kyleleitch
Oct 16, 2009 3:25 AM CDT
It's because people don't have any idea what they're talking about..... Liberal Fascism is a book written by a conservative man who hates liberals too. There is NO SUCH THING as a Liberal Fascist!!!