Story By: Kathryn Quinn, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
A German woman with tattoos of two Nazi Swastika symbols on the back of her thighs has made it into the third round of the country’s national tattoo convention.
The event, held at Berlin Arena in the German capital of Berlin attracted 10,000 visitors at the weekend to show off an admitted the best and newest trends in body art.
As part of the convention the ‘Miss Tattoo` competition was held on 3rd July.
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The unnamed candidate caused controversy in the second round of the competition after pictures with what seemed to be Swastikas on her thighs emerged.
Frank Weber who has been organising the event for the past 29 years said: “Nazis have no place at our events.”
He added: “On the stage there are often around 350 people, many of them only undress just before getting on stage, so we often do not see all of the tattoos. This unfortunately has happened in this case.”
“Normally people with such tattoos are taken off stage straight away. Four years ago a man that had a complete Russian tank battle tattooed on him, he was ordered to cover it up.”
The young girl made it into the next round despite the controversial tattoos.
Using any Nazi symbols is banned in Germany and is a punishable offence.
The unnamed woman told German paper Tagesspiegel: “If you allow Nazis, to maintain such symbols with such meanings, you are giving them freedom.”
She went on to claim she is not right wing in any way.
She claims the tattoos are not Nazi swastikas but religious symbols.
The jury were made aware of the tattoos during the competition. According to Tagesspiegel, the Jury believed they could have been Nazi symbols but despite this she was allowed into the next round.
Organisers have not commented on this.
The swastikas on the woman’s legs are facing in alternate directions.
Historically, the symbol in both directions has been used in Hinduism and other religions.
A visitor said: “I had a feeling that the Swastikas were for a positive reaction from the audience.”
Another said: “It is scandalous, these are not even proper Swastikas.”
Charges were filed with the police who are investigating whether an offence has been committed.
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