Rammstein concentration camp, prompted sharp criticism

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Rammstein concentration camp, prompted sharp criticism.

A video promoting a new Rammstein song shows band members dressed as concentration camp prisoners with nooses around their necks. The promotional video prompted sharp criticism from Jewish groups and politicians.

The hard rock band Rammstein sparked outrage in Germany after posting a promotional video where the band members are dressed up as Nazi concentration camp prisoners.

In the short video, which the band posted on Twitter and YouTube, the band members have nooses around their necks and are dressed in the striped uniforms that Holocaust victims were made to wear in the death camps.

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At least one band member appears to be wearing a yellow Star of David that Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis.

Video slammed as ‘irresponsible’ and ‘tasteless’

Jewish groups and politicians swiftly condemned the video, saying that the band went too far.

“With this video, the band has crossed a line,” Charlotte Knobloch, a Holocaust survivor and former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told the daily Bild newspaper.

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“The instrumentalization and trivialization of the Holocaust, as shown in the images, is irresponsible,” she added.

Felix Klein, who leads the German government’s anti-Semitism office, said that if the Holocaust imagery in the video was just used to promote sales, then “it is a tasteless exploitation of artistic freedom.”

A spokeswoman with the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem called for artists to treat the memory of the victims of the Holocaust with respect. Yad Vashem “does not generally criticize artistic works that use Holocaust images,” but that they should not insult or desecrate the memory of the Holocaust, she told Bild.

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Neither the band, nor its label have commented on the short video, which fans believe is promoting either a new single or album.

Rammstein has courted controversy numerous times since the band was started in Berlin in 1995. The band’s videos, songs and album art have depicted necrophilia, sado-masochism, sexual violence and abuse.

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