German metal band Rammstein have been condemned for allegedly using Holocaust imagery in their new teaser video.
The accusations have been made by German government officials and Jewish leaders after the band began promoting their new album, the first in almost ten years.
To celebrate the occasion, the band released a 30-second teaser video which depicted Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann and his bandmates, dressed in prison uniforms, with nooses around their necks.
The clip has drawn huge controversy in their home country and, Charlotte Knobloch, the former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told national newspaper Bild: “With this video, the band has crossed a line. The instrumentalisation and trivialisation of the Holocaust, as shown in the images, is irresponsible.”
While Felix Klein, the German government’s commissioner for anti-semitism didn’t take such a strong approach, he did say: “I think it is a tasteless exploitation of artistic freedom.”
Here’s the clip: