German hard rock band Rammstein have released a clip showing them wearing what appear to be concentration camp uniforms adorned with yellow star badges like the ones the Nazis made Jews wear.
The teaser clip for their new single has been viewed over a million times on YouTube and over 1.5 million times on Facebook, and has led to the band being slammed as “repulsive”.
The popular band, featuring frontman Till Lindemann, have launched a 35-second teaser for their new single called ‘Deutschland’ (“Germany”) on social media (this is the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q36Zon01v5k).
Under the Latin numbers of XXVIII.III.MMXIX, which refers to the likely release date of the single on 28th March 2019 (today), four of the band’s members can be seen on the gallows with nooses around their necks.
While harrowing music plays, the camera zooms in on their faces which seem to be full of fear.
At least one of the band members is wearing a yellow star like the ones the Nazis made Jews wear, while Till Lindemann has blood coming from his eye.
And while hardcore Rammstein fans were delighted by the teaser, writing such comments as “I have goosebumps all over my body out of immeasurable anticipation” and “I’m so happy, I cannot keep calm”, politicians and Jewish advocacy groups were less enthusiastic.
Ex-president Charlotte Knobloch of the Central Council of Jews in Germany said that “with this video the band has crossed the line”.
Knobloch said: “The way Rammstein abuses the suffering and the murder of millions for entertainment purposes here is irresponsible and repulsive.”
Jewish historian Michael Wolffsohn went even further and called it “a form of desecration of corpses”.
MP Alexander Graf Lambsdorff of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) also sharply criticised the band.
He said: “The Shoah is not suitable as an advertisement. It does not matter for what. We have to wait and see if this is something by which Rammstein wants to make a contribution to the revision of the Holocaust.”
According to German media, Rammstein did not wish to comment.
It is not the first time the controversial German hard rock band shocked with one of their clips.
In 1998 Rammstein included excerpts of the 1938 propaganda flick ‘Olympia’ shot by infamous Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl into their music video for the song ‘Stripped’.