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It is forbidden to display Nazi slogans and symbols in Germany. Björn Höcke, who has previously been a history teacher, claims that he did not know that the slogan came from the Nazis. Photo: Fabrizio Bensch / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 18.04.2024 15:34:26

Crime and justice: On Thursday, the trial against the politician Björn Höcke started in the city of Halle northwest of Leipzig.

He is accused of having used the slogan, which in Norwegian means “all for Germany”, in an election campaign speech in 2021. This slogan was used by the SA, the paramilitary sub-organisation of Adolf Hitler’s party.

It is forbidden to display Nazi slogans and symbols in Germany. Höcke, who has previously been a history teacher, claims that he did not know that the slogan came from the Nazis.

The 52-year-old has announced his candidacy as head of government in the state of Thuringia, where the AfD has good support in the opinion polls.

If Höcke is convicted, he faces up to three years in prison. It could spell trouble for his political ambitions. The trial will last until mid-May.

(© NTB)

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