Austrian soldier imprisoned for sharing photos of the swastika tattooed on his testicle

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Anti-racism swastika signs seen during a demonstration in Dresden, Germany on April 10, 2021.

  • An Austrian court sentenced a solider to 19 months in prison on June 8, according to reports.
  • The man, 29, was accused of posting a photo of a swastika tattooed on his testicle.
  • He had also shown it to military colleagues while drunk in 2019, the reports said.
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An Austrian soldier has been sentenced to 19 months in prison after he shared a photo of a swastika tattoo on one of his testicles, according to reports.

The 29-year-old, who has not been named, posted a photo of the tattoo online after drinking two bottles of whiskey, the Kleine Zeitung newspaper reported.

The man also showed the tattoo, which was done by his brother, to a group of military colleagues while drunk on military exercise on September 13, 2019, the newspaper said.

The use of Nazi symbols, including swastikas, is banned under Austrian law.

At hearing on June 8, Judge Gerhard Pöllinger-Sorré of the Klagenfurt Regional Court sentenced the solider to 19 months in prison, Kleine Zeitung said.

The soldier’s attorney is appealing, it said.

The man was also accused of drawing a swastika on a wall at the Wurzenpass bunker museum, a network of tunnels used by the Austrian army during the Cold War, Austria’s Radio Kärnten reported.

The newspaper said the man was previously sentenced to 2 years in prison for causing serious bodily harm when taking part in a fight.

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CPAC stage is shaped like a Nordic rune used on some Nazi uniforms

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 26, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.

  • Twitter users noted the design of a stage at CPAC closely resembles a symbol used on Nazi uniforms.
  • CPAC organizer Matt Schlapp denied the resemblance was intentional, calling the idea “outrageous and slanderous.”
  • The “Odal rune” has also been used by white supremacists in Europe and North America.
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A stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference drew attention over the weekend for its resemblance to a Nordic rune that appeared on Nazi uniforms.


After people on Twitter noticed the similarity, the organizer of the conservative conference strongly denied it was intentional, saying the “stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous.”

“We have a long-standing commitment to the Jewish community,” Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union, said in a tweet. “CPAC proudly stands with our Jewish allies, including those speaking from this stage.”

The design of the stage is in the shape of an “Odal rune,” which was used on Nazi uniforms in some divisions of the SS and has also been used by white supremacists in Europe and North America in the years following World War II.

However, because the symbol is part of the runic alphabet, it’s used in non-extremist contexts as well, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Insider identified a version of the symbol in a photo taken in Germany in 2008 at a neo-Nazi summer camp that was broken up by police.

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A police handout photo shows towels covered with a swastika and a Runic letter at a neo-Nazi children’s summer camp in Germany. Police raided the camp on August 7, 2008, where they confiscated neo-Nazi literature and promotional materials.

Runic alphabets predate the modern Roman alphabet and were used widely across Europe. They were appropriated by white supremacists due to the use of runes by Nazi Germany. 

Nazis have coopted numerous symbols from other cultures. The swastika was used for millennia as a symbol of good fortune by Buddhists, Hindus, and Jains before being appropriated by Nazis.

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