Drunken US Tourist Gives Punch Nazi Salute in Germany Bar

An American tourist in the German city of Dresden was punched by a stranger after the tourist gave the Nazi salute in public multiple times, local police say.

The 41-year-old man "was very drunk" early Saturday morning when he made the "Hitler greeting" at a bar in the Neustadt district of Dresden, deputy police chief Lutz Milker said. Police have declined to release the man's name or hometown. If caught he will face charges regarding causing bodily harm.

The police added that the American tourist, who is under investigation for violating Germany's laws against the display of Nazi symbols or slogans, had an extremely high blood alcohol level. Germany outlawed the salute after World War II, along with Holocaust denial and other symbols and signals associated with the Nazis.

This is the second time this month that tourists have got into legal trouble for giving the Nazi salute.

One week ago, two Chinese tourists were fined some $600 apiece after giving Nazi salutes outside of the Reichstag, a historic edifice in Berlin. The two tourists were fined almost $600 each but were permitted to leave the country with their tour group, police said.

  • Rogelio Becker