US tourist in Germany beaten for Heil Hitler salute

Drunk American tourist beaten by local man in Dresden after making Nazi salute.

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JTA - An American tourist was beaten by a local man after he made a Nazi salute in Dresden, Germany.

The American man, 41, was heavily intoxicated at the time of the incident on Saturday, with a blood alcohol level of .276 percent, the German radio station Deutsch Welle reported.

The man was wounded lightly, according to reports. His assailant ran away after the attack, and is wanted by police for causing bodily harm to his victim.

The incident comes a week after two Chinese tourists were arrested in Germany for making the Heil Hitler salute in front of the Reichstag building, where the German parliament meets.

Those men were arrested for “using symbols of illegal organizations,” according to police. They were released after each posted bail of 500 euros, or nearly $600. If convicted, the men face a fine or prison sentence of up to three years.

It is illegal to display symbols of Nazism in Germany. Tourists appear to be unaware of the law, according to local reports.