Germany: Man Investigated Because Wood Carving He Made of His Father Supposedly Looks Like Hitler

This looks exactly like Hitler when he scored that hat-trick against Poland in 1939

This is perfectly normal and reasonable and it is the foundations of our democracy.

New York Post:

This statue was apparently too close for comfort.

A German man was forced to remove a commemorative statue of his late father after critics complained that the monument was a dead ringer for Adolf Hitler.

The tiff broke out recently in Weil im Schönbuch in Baden-Württemberg after a man named Oliver — whose last name was withheld — erected the wooden sculpture on the grave of his dad, Edwald E., a carpenter who died in 2013, Bild reported.

The controversial doppelgänger bore führer-evoking facial hair and a soccer jersey engraved with the number 88, which is code for “Heil Hitler” in the neo-Nazi movement, as “H” is the eighth letter of the alphabet.

Concerned citizens complained about the Nazi facsimile to the mayor, who promptly had the statue taken down at the cemetery but permitted Oliver to keep it on his own lawn.

However, the man’s lawyer insists that his client is “not a Nazi.” He explained in court that the jersey uniform was an homage to Edward E’s 30-year-stint as a cashier of a soccer club, while the “88” was the “number of the house in which the father lived.”

Nonetheless, governing authorities have launched an investigation into whether the figurine violates the oft-disputed German Criminal Code, which prohibits the “use of symbols of unconstitutional organizations,” except for artistic or educational purposes, the Daily Mail reported.

The law has been primarily employed to ban swastikas and other Nazi insignias and slogans but doesn’t name which specific symbols are verboten.

Well, obviously a statue of Hitler scoring goals on the soccer field would be verboten.

And if your father looks like Hitler, well – tough luck for you.

Still banned.

The guy in the last case they mention was also arrested eventually, but I couldn’t find anything about what sentence he got.