German high court upholds right to praise Nazis

28th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 July 2005, KARLSRUHE, GERMANY - In a landmark decision, Germany's high court on Thursday upheld the legal right of a neo-Nazi phone hotline to use original slogans praising the Waffen SS - so long as they are not historical Nazi slogans.

28 July 2005

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY - In a landmark decision, Germany's high court on Thursday upheld the legal right of a neo-Nazi phone hotline to use original slogans praising the Waffen SS - so long as they are not historical Nazi slogans.

The website slogan "To the Glory and Honour of the Waffen SS" does not violate federal laws against using Nazi slogans, according to the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof), Germany's highest court cases involving criminal offences.

The recorded message falls within the exercise of free speech, the court ruled.

The slogan is not identical with historical slogans used by the Nazis themselves during the Third Reich. The official Waffen SS slogan was "Our Honour is Steadfastness".

DPA

Subject: German news

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