Germany: Police probes swastika in parliament building
December 7, 2020
An aide of a Green Party lawmaker tweeted an image of the symbol, found scratched into an elevator door in a Bundestag office building. Displaying Nazi symbols is illegal in Germany and can carry a three-year jail term.
German police on Sunday launched an investigation after a swastika symbol was found in a parliament building in Berlin.
A spokesperson for the Bundestag said that the unconstitutional symbol had been spotted carved onto the door of an elevator, according to German news agency DPA.
A staffer of Green party lawmaker Dieter Janecek tweeted a picture of the swastika scratched into the door in the Jakob-Kaiser-Haus, an office building for lawmakers next to the Reichstag that houses parliament.
The place where the swastika was found has since been taped over. "The position in the elevator in a Bundestag office building has been temporarily taped over," the Bundestag spokesperson confirmed.
Swastikas and other banned symbols can, however, be displayed if they are used for "civic education, countering anti-constitutional activities, art and science, research and education, the coverage of historic and current events, or similar purposes," according to the Criminal Code.
That means movies and TV series — such as Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and Amazon's The Man in the High Castle — are usually exempt from such jurisdiction.