Leader of German anti-Islam group quits after dressing up as Hitler for Facebook picture

Leader of German anti-Islam group quits after dressing up as Hitler for Facebook picture

Photograph of Germany   s Pegida leader styled as Adolf Hitler goes viral Lutz Bachmann, said by German intelligence services to be a target for Islamist terrorists, posted the picture on Facebook

Lutz Bachmann posted the imitation of the Nazi leader to Facebook (Picture: Facebook)

A far-right leader in Germany who heads an anti-Islam group has been forced to quit after images of him dressed up as Hitler surfaced online.

Lutz Bachmann, leader of anti-Islamisation movement Pegida, posted the image of himself sporting the Nazi leader’s iconic toothbrush-mostache and side parting to his Facebook account, where it quickly went viral.

The image was reportedly accompanied with a conversation between Bachmann and a friend, in which he described immigrants in Germany as ‘cattle’, ‘trash’ and ‘scumbags’.

Bachmann, 41, quickly deleted his entire Facebook profile, however due to the outrage caused he stepped down from his position just as thousands of Pegida supporters were expected to take part in a rally in the city of Leipzig.

A Pegida spokesperson said the photo was intended as a ‘joke’.

REFILE - INCLUDING TODAY'S DATE  File photo of Lutz Bachmann, co-leader of anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West", pictured during a Reuters interview in Dresden January 12, 2015. The leader of the fast-growing German anti-Muslim movement PEGIDA resigned January 21, 2015, after a photo of him posing as Hitler - and reports that he called refugees "scumbags" - prompted prosecutors to investigate him for inciting hatred.  REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Files  (GERMANY  - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCIETY IMMIGRATION)

Bachmann, minus the Hitler outfit (Picture: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Files)

Many German politicians expressed outrage at the image, and nearly every major German newspaper publication have run it on the front cover.

Sigmar Gabriel, deputy chancellor, condemned Mr Bachmann, saying: ‘In politics, whoever dresses up as Hitler is either a real idiot or a Nazi.

‘Everyone should think hard about following such a rat catcher.’

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