German magazine criticized for depicting Trump with “Nazi salute” on cover

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Published 25.08.2017 14:55
Updated 25.08.2017 15:07
US President Donald J. Trump returns to the The White House after a trip with stops in Arizona and Nevada; in Washington, DC, USA, 23 August 2017. (EPA Photo)
US President Donald J. Trump returns to the The White House after a trip with stops in Arizona and Nevada; in Washington, DC, USA, 23 August 2017. (EPA Photo)

This week's cover of a popular German news magazine depicting U.S. President Donald Trump draped in the American flag while giving a stiff-armed Nazi salute is drawing sharp criticism from a prominent Jewish group.

Stern magazine's illustration is part of a cover story headlined "Sein Kampf," which translates as "His Struggle" and is a play on Adolf Hitler's infamous "Mein Kampf."

Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center says it's been "outspoken in criticizing President Trump for failing to make a distinction between Nazis and KKK protesters and those who opposed them" but "the depiction of the president as a latter-day Hitler by a major German publication is untrue and beyond the pale."

It says "Germans must surely know that by misappropriating" Nazi symbols, "they belittle and becloud" past crimes.

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