German magazine slammed for Trump "Nazi salute" cover

A person holds a copy of the 'Stern' news magazine in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 showing U.S. President Donald Trump draped in the American flag while giving a stiff-armed Nazi salute. Stern magazine's illustration is part of a cover story headlined 'Sein Kampf' which translates as 'His Struggle' and is a play on Adolf Hitler's infamous 'Mein Kampf'. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

BERLIN — This week's cover of a popular German news magazine depicting U.S. President Donald Trump draped in the American flag while giving a stiff-armed Nazi salute is drawing sharp criticism from a prominent Jewish group.

Stern magazine's illustration is part of a cover story headlined "Sein Kampf," which translates as "His Struggle" and is a play on Adolf Hitler's infamous "Mein Kampf."

Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center says it's been "outspoken in criticizing President Trump for failing to make a distinction between Nazis and KKK protesters and those who opposed them." But it said "the depiction of the president as a latter-day Hitler by a major German publication is untrue and beyond the pale."

It says "Germans must surely know that by misappropriating" Nazi symbols "they belittle and becloud" past crimes.

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