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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Neo-Nazi Charged

BERLIN () -- Prosecutors announced charges Monday against a neo-Nazi leader largely based on a documentary film about him including an argument he had with a young American in the Auschwitz death camp.


Bela Ewald Althans, 28, whom some have touted as a future leader of the extreme right in Germany, could get five years in prison if convicted of racial incitement or insulting the memory of the dead -- the charge used in Germany against those who deny the Holocaust occurred.


The Berlin prosecutor's special unit for combating violence against the state said Althans was also charged with spreading propaganda of organizations hostile to the constitution and with insulting the state and its symbols.


Althans, who lives in Munich, was the main character in a documentary film titled "Career: Neo-Nazi." Now the prosecutors are citing the documentary as evidence of Althans' illegal actions.


It cited Althans' trip to the site in Poland of the Auschwitz death camp, where the camera caught him trying to convince tourists that it had been merely a prison camp.