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08/20/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Goose-Stepping Mayor And His Son Outrage Jewish, Pro-Democracy Groups

A Romanian man and his son upset Jewish and pro-democracy groups after donning World War II German uniforms and goose-stepping at a local fashion show this weekend. Radu Mazare, 41, who is mayor of Constanta, a city in Romania, told the newspaper Evenimentul Zilei that his actions were not malign:

"I was inspired from the Valkyrie movie ... I wanted to dress like a Vehrmacht general because I've always liked this uniform, and admired the rigorous organisation of the German army."

According to Reuters, The Center for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism sent a letter on Monday to Romania's general prosecutor urging an investigation of Mazare for breaking the law and instigating a child to follow his example.

Mazare said the uniform had no swastikas and was the uniform of a German infantry general. Wearing Nazi dress is illegal in Romania.

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