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Senator's video mocks Holocaust

November 07, 2008|Times Wire Reports

A far-right senator in Belgium has stepped down as his party's leader after a video of him singing a song poking fun at the Holocaust was broadcast on national television.

The Senate called the actions by National Front Sen. Michel Delacroix "beyond the pale," and began an investigation. The video showed him singing an insulting song about a Jewish girl perishing at the Dachau concentration camp.

The Brussels prosecutor's office also opened an investigation and will consider whether to strip Delacroix of parliamentary immunity. Denying the Holocaust is a crime in Belgium and anti-racism infractions could lead to hefty fines and even prison terms.

Delacroix is the only representative of the National Front Party in the 71-seat Senate.

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