Subject: Lawyer for German neo-Nazi attacked outside court Date: Wed, 30 Aug 95 11:30:25 PDT HAMBURG, Germany (Reuter) - A lawyer for a German neo-Nazi who branded Auschwitz a "myth" was attacked with a baseball bat and a broom handle Wednesday by a masked gang outside the Hamburg courthouse where he was defending his client, police said. Attorney Juergen Rieger was taken to hospital with a head injury, bruising and grazes but was allowed home after treatment. One man, suspected to be a member of the gang of between five and seven, was detained. Rieger was representing one of two men on the first day of their trial on charges of inciting public disorder for saying American director Steven Spielberg's film "Schindler's List" had won Oscars by "keeping the Auschwitz myth alive." Prosecutors appealed after a lower court decided in February that the word "myth" did not amount to a denial that the holocaust had taken place. Denying the holocaust is against the law in Germany. The two unidentified men recorded the controversial statement for a telephone information service for extreme right-wing activists in March last year. "A film by Spielberg basically wins an Oscar," the message said. "He stands up against Nazi Germany, others join in, he keeps the Auschwitz myth alive and he gets seven Oscars for the film of the year." The original court ruling caused uproar across Germany, particularly among Jewish community leaders and politicians.
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