garden gnome nazi salute lands artist ottmar hoerl in trouble
jul 17, 2009
garden gnome nazi salute lands artist ottmar hoerl in trouble

gadren gnome give heil hitler salute by ottmar hoerl
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a garden gnome has landed a german artist in trouble with the authorities in nuremberg.

prosecutors are investigating whether the gnome, which went on show in one of
the city’s galleries, breaks the strict law banning nazi symbols and gestures.

the artist, ottmar hoerl, says his gnomes poke fun at the nazis.

‘i’m astonished that a single garden gnome, in what is for me an obscure gallery
in nuremberg, has unleashed such a public discussion because of an anonymous

denunciation by someone,’
mr hoerl said.

this is not the first time the gnomes have been displayed. last year hundreds of the gnomes
went on show in the belgian city of gent in an exhibition called ‘dance with the devil’.

a spokesman for the nuremberg public prosecutor’s office, wolfgang traeg, said
‘we’re checking to see if garden gnomes fall into the same clear category as posters
that show the swastika crossed out’.

source: bbc

gadren gnome give heil hitler salute by ottmar hoerl
image © bongo fury

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