German theater investigated over free ‘Mein Kampf’ tickets for swastika wearers

A theater in the southern German city of Konstanz is under investigation, following complaints it promised free tickets to patrons who wear a swastika to a provocative play named after Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

The Konstanz Theater in the state of Baden-Württemberg has been offering a controversial deal for the upcoming performance: theatergoers can either pay for their entry or get in for free if they agree to wear a swastika in the auditorium.

Patrons who opt to pay for their ticket will be asked to put on a Star of David “as a sign of solidarity with the victims of National Socialist (Nazi) barbarism,” according to the theater.

The play’s premiere symbolically falls on the Nazi leader’s birthday, April 20. Multiple complaints were filed against the theater over its free ticket offer, according to media citing a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.

While publicly displaying the swastika and other Nazi symbols is banned in Germany, the prosecutors will decide whether the promotion can be considered as freedom of artistic creation, DW reports. read more