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Czech singer gets married on Hitler's birthday at a chateau where the SS were headquartered

25.4.2018 11:06
The neo-Nazi band Conflict 88 (left) once featured Tomáš Hnídek Ortel of the current band Ortel (right), which won second place in the Czech Republic's audience appreciation poll and popular music awards in 2016.
The neo-Nazi band Conflict 88 (left) once featured Tomáš Hnídek Ortel of the current band Ortel (right), which won second place in the Czech Republic's audience appreciation poll and popular music awards in 2016.

News server Expres.cz. reports that Tomáš Ortel (born Tomáš Hnídek), the singer for the hate-mongering band Ortel, got "secretly" married on Friday, 20 April 2018 at the Zbiroh Chateau. He said "I do" to his longtime girlfriend on Adolf Hitler's birthday in a location where German SS units headquartered their high command during WWII.

Ortel's wedding was attended by 90 people. His band is criticized for its xenophobic lyrics and came in second place in the category of Band of the Year in the popular music poll "Czech Nightingale" (Český slavík) in 2016.

Radek Banga, lead singer for the band Gipsy.cz, responded to Ortel being awarded second place in the poll by leaving the awards ceremony during a live television broadcast. "My ancestors were in a concentration camp. We will not tolerate Fascists in this poll. For God's sake, people, wake up, we cannot remain silent, we cannot applaud it, we cannot sit here and do nothing," he told news server Romea.cz at the time.

For taking that position, Banga became a target of racist, vulgar abuse. Fans of Ortel sent him death threats and he had to deal with thousands of hateful messages for which just two people were subsequently convicted.

ryz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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