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German police probe 'Hitler salute' at Buchenwald by British far-right group

Published 26/05/2016

Visitors walk in front of the entrance building in the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany (AP)
Visitors walk in front of the entrance building in the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany (AP)

German authorities are investigating a British far-right group over a photo on social media showing members performing a "Hitler salute" at the former Buchenwald concentration camp.

Media outlet Bild published a photograph on Thursday that it says was posted on a National Action website showing a blurry image of two people holding the far-right group's flag inside the basement of Buchenwald's crematorium.

A spokeswoman for the Buchenwald Memorial site says the room was once used to store corpses, but the Nazis also strangled more than 1,000 people on metal hooks there.

Sandra Siegmund says officials filed a criminal complaint to police on Wednesday after being informed of the picture.

About 250,000 prisoners were held at Buchenwald between July 1937 and April 11, 1945. An estimated 56,000 people were killed.

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