Police are investigating the theft of a German far-right leader’s clothes as he went for an evening swim in a lake near his home.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) party co-leader Alexander Gauland told the DPA news agency that after he came out of the water he found his clothes had gone.
Witnesses told him the thief had yelled: “This is no swimming area for Nazis” at the lake in Heiliger See, just outside Berlin.
Alexander Gauland, head of the AfD, (same guy who called the Holocaust “just a bird dropping on 1,000 years of German history”) had his clothes stolen while swimming at a lake the other day. Which is funny. Even funnier? German media debating whether it’s OK to share the photo. pic.twitter.com/DbgC0S31ed
— Charles Hawley (@charles_hawley) June 6, 2018
Mr Gauland spoke after a photo started circulating on social media showing him in his bathing suit walking with a police officer.
Potsdam police said the theft happened last week and that “political motivation” cannot be ruled out.
The AfD entered the national parliament in last year’s election on anti-migrant and anti-establishment sentiment and is now the biggest opposition party.
Mr Gauland was widely condemned by German politicians over the weekend for saying that Hitler and the Nazis were nothing more than “bird s***” – a remark that was interpreted as an attempt to downplay the significance of their crimes.
A video emerged in 2017 of Mr Gauland in which he said Germany should be “proud” of its soldiers in both world wars and people should no longer “reproach” Germans for the Second World War.
He was quoted as saying: “If the French are rightly proud of their emperor and the Britons of Nelson and Churchill, we have the right to be proud of the achievements of the German soldiers in two world wars.”