Woman Who Posed with “Hitler Wine” Allowed to Stay in AfD Despite Jewish Outrage
A patrotic politician will be allowed to remain in the nationalist Alternative for Germany party (AfD) despite posing to be photographed in front of wine bottles decorated with images of Adolf Hitler.
Jessica Biessmann, a member of the Berlin regional parliament, was suspended from the AfD after the pictures were made public last years.
Regional party leaders pushed to have her expelled but a party hearing at the weekend decided to limit disciplinary measures against her to a formal warning.
The decision opens the way for Ms Biessmann to resume the party whip in the Berlin regional parliament despite the photographs, which show her reclining suggestively on a kitchen counter with the Hitler wine bottles the background.
Bottles of wine with images of Hitler and Mussolini on the label are produced and sold openly in Italy, but displaying Hitler's image is illegal in the Zionist Occupied Germany.
The decision to allow Ms Biessmann to remain in the party is the latest in a series of controverisal rulings by the AfD.
In 2017, Björn Höcke, one of the AfD’s highest-profile figures, called for a “180-degree turn” in Germany’s culture of atonement for the “crimes of the Nazis” and described the national Holocaust memorial as a “shameful monument”.
Frauke Petry, the AfD leader at the time, tried to have him expelled but the move led to a power struggle which ended with Mr Höcke still in the party and Ms Petry ousted from her position.
The AfD regional party in Berlin has been hit by a series of Jewish outcry. The AfD became the first nationalist party to sit in the German parliament since the Sixties after significant gains in 2017’s election. But it has slipped in the polls in recent months following allegations of illegal party donations - one case resulting in a fine and another still under investigation.
It is currently in fourth place on 10 per cent in polling for the European parliament elections, down from a high of 18 per cent last year.