BERLIN (AP) – More than a dozen lawmakers from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) have walked out of the Bavarian State Parliament during a tribute to Holocaust victims after a prominent Jewish leader accused their party of playing down the crimes of the Nazis.
The state lawmakers stood up and walked out yesterday after Charlotte Knobloch, a Holocaust survivor and former head of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, called them out by name, saying, “This so-called Alternative for Germany bases its politics on hate and marginalisation.”
Knobloch called them a party that “has downplayed the crimes of the Nazis and has close connections to the extreme right”.
Lawmakers from other parties rose and gave her a standing ovation.
The AfD, which first entered the Bavarian parliament last year, had no immediate comment.