The German hard rock group Rammstein sparked criticism when she released a video promoting her new single Deutschland, in which band members were dressed as concentration camp inmates.
The video posted on Twitter and Youtube showed the band members wearing slings around their necks and standing on a gallows. The rockers also wore striped uniforms, similar to those who had to carry prisoners in concentration camps. Deutsche Welle reported that one of the band members apparently wore a yellow Star of David in her uniform.
Jewish groups and others described the video as tasteless and unacceptable, while the government's anti-Semitism official, Felix Klein, reported to the Bild newspaper comments Thursday that the video was "a tasteless exploitation of artistic freedom."
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The video "crossed the border."
"The instrumentalization and trivialization of the Holocaust shown in the pictures is irresponsible," she said.
Rammstein and his label have refused to comment on the 35-second clip and it is not clear what message it should convey, nor how the lyrics of the unpublished song are related to it.
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Only the short clip h as instrumental music and ends with the words "Germany", in German style "Gothic".
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.