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German theatre sparks anger by offering free seats to anyone wearing a Nazi SWASTIKA armband

  • The City Theatre in Konstanz, Germany claimed the offer is a social experiment 
  • George Tabori’s play is based on Mein Kampf and takes place on Hitler’s birthday
  • Those who choose not to wear the swastika will be asked to wear a Star of David

German prosecutors have launched a probe after a theatre announced it would offer punters free seats if they showed up to the play wearing swastika arm bands.

The play, entitled ‘Mein Kampf’, after Hitler’s most famous work of literature is due to be premiered on Friday April 20 – the dictator’s birthday.

According to the theatre’s website, those who choose not to don the controversial symbol will be asked to wear a Star of David ‘as a sign of solidarity with the victims of barbarism.’

A spokesman from the prosecutor’s office in the southern city of Konstanz said they had received a number of complaints about the offer.

The play is based on Hitler’s memoir Mein Kampf and is due to take place on his birthday, April 20 

The play's director Serdar Somuncu (pictured) said he 'hoped nothing bad happens' over the performance

The play’s director Serdar Somuncu (pictured) said he ‘hoped nothing bad happens’ over the performance

But the theatre defended the moving – saying it was a social experiment to see how easily people can be influenced. 

So far, about 50 interested had expressed interest in taking a free ticket, a spokesperson for the theatre said.

In German law it is illegal to diplay Nazi memorabilia – and police crack down hard on those bearing the swastika in public.

The theatre say writer George Tabori’s take on Hitler’s autobiography ‘Mein Kampf’ is a caricature of the Nazi leader’s early years.

But the regions German-Israeli society said the offer was ‘tasteless’

‘This marketing gimmick from the City Theater in Konstanz is unacceptable,’ a spokesperson for the society said.  

The production’s director Serdar Somuncu the Kultblatt: ‘This day has a symbolic effect, the date is provocative, but we’ll see, I hope nothing bad happens, we’re definitely prepared.’

Somuncu admitted that he understood why people were upset as the day and occasion has a significant symbolism in Germany

Somuncu admitted that he understood why people were upset as the day and occasion has a significant symbolism in Germany

Mein Kampf was originally a memoir written by Hitler during his time in prison following a failed uprising in Munich in 1923 

Mein Kampf was originally a memoir written by Hitler during his time in prison following a failed uprising in Munich in 1923 

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