Nazi uniform. Nein! German police probe Pink Floyd Roger Waters

Lee Heidhues 5.26.2023

Obviously Roger Waters fails to get the message. Even if his intention is to make a political statement.

Nazi era paraphernalia is verboten in Germany 78 years after Hitler perished in a Berlin bunker and the 12 year Thousand Year Reich of mass murder and genocide came crashing down..

German authorities are serious about stamping out any vestige of Hitlerism and all the horrific things for which Nazism stood for. This includes iconic entertainers who should know better.

Excerpted from Deutsche Welle 5.25.2023

“Good morning to every one but Roger Waters who spent the evening in Berlin (Yes Berlin) desecrating the memory of Anne Frank and the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry tweeted earlier this week.

The Pink Floyd co-founder wore a Nazi-style uniform at a concert in Berlin. Several other German cities previously tried to cancel the musician’s shows after he was accused of anti-Semitism.

German police have launched an investigation into Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters after he appeared on stage in Berlin last week wearing a Nazi-style uniform and firing an imitation machine gun.

Waters’ outfit comprised of a long black coat with a red armband featuring a Swastika-like emblem of two crossed hammers.

“We are investigating on suspicion of incitement to public hatred because the clothing worn on stage could be used to used to glorify or justify Nazi rule, thereby disturbing the public peace,” a police spokesperson told the AFP news agency on Friday.

Nazi uniforms, flags and other symbols are banned in Germany, but police said Waters is being investigated under a separate law of “incitement of the people.”

Roger Water’s concert prop. Inflatable pig with Star of David

Once the investigation is concluded, police will hand the findings to Berlin prosecutors who will decide whether to pursue any charges.

Waters is a well known advocate for Palestinians, but he has also been accused of anti-Semitism, which he denies.

During his German tour, including at the Berlin concert, he flashed the names of several deceased people on-screen.

Among these names were Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager who died in a concentration camp, and Shireen Abu Akleh, the Palestinian-American journalist who was shot dead while reporting on violence in the West Bank, prompting accusations of Holocaust relativization.

Waters’ shows also often feature giant inflatable pigs emblazoned with aggressive or brooding slogans. Some of these had the Star of David painted on them.

Roger Waters in Nazi garb (right). Anne Frank emblazoned on concert hall wall in Berlin

Several German cities previously tried, unsuccessfully, to cancel Waters’ concerts after Jewish groups, including the Central Council of Jews, accused the rock star of anti-Semitism.

However, some fans came to the defense of Waters on social media, arguing that the performance in Berlin and the armband emblem were a recreation of the satirical scene from the 1982 the feature film based on the band’s hit album “The Wall,” which was a critique of fascism.

Perhaps it’s only about the ‘Money’ when it comes to Roger Waters.