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Far-right Lawmakers Walk 0ut of Holocaust Tribute in Bavaria


More than a dozen lawmakers from the far-right Alternative for Germany walked out of Bavarian state parliament during a tribute to Holocaust victims at the Bavarian Parliament in Munich, Germany, Jan. 23, 2019.

More than a dozen lawmakers from the far-right Alternative for Germany 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 Wednesday 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 marginalization.''

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.

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