A leader in a far-right party in Germany was sentenced to prison for Holocaust denial and beating up anti-fascist activists.
Marcel W??ll, the 24-year-old leader of the National Democratic Party’s division in the German state of Hessen, was sentenced to four months in prison, according to The Associated Press.
Woll has called school trips to former concentration camps like Auschwitz a form of “brainwashing” and has said the government should not subsidize such outings to the “so-called sites of National Socialist terror.” The remarks prompted a lawsuit against him by a local politician.
More recently, W??ll was kicked out of a council meeting in June after he physically accosted youths who were handing out anti-fascist leaflets calling for the banning of his right-wing extremist party. The youths had received official permission to hand out the leaflets.
W??ll said he would appeal his sentence, which was handed down in the Friedberg County court on Tuesday.
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