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Gerry Leitmann, Austrian Politician, Resigns Over Nazi 'Blood And Honor' Tattoo

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05/31/11 07:18 AM ET   AP

VIENNA -- A member of an Austrian municipal council has resigned amid an uproar over his Nazi tattoo.

Gerry Leitmann made headlines recently after it was revealed that the Hitler Youth slogan "blood and honor" is etched on one of this arms.

Leitmann says in a letter dated Monday and made public Tuesday that he is resigning from the municipal council in Ebenthal, southern Austria, with deep regret. He claims he did not know about the "historic connections" associated with the wording of the tattoo and will have it removed it immediately.

Leitmann's resignation late Monday came as the Austrian town of Waidhofen an der Ybbs revoked the granting of honorary citizenship to Adolf Hitler.

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