Scott Steben, Nazi dinner organizer, has SS tattoo [PHOTOS]
Scott Steben, the organizer of the Nazi-themed dinner held at Gasthof's on MLK Day, has tattoos of Nazi SS bolts and the official SS skull on his right arm.
The SS skull tattoo is on his right bicep:
From Scott Steben's Facebook page
If you were looking at it straight on, the skull would look something like the bottom image here:
City Pages also found pictures of Steben dressed as an SS officer with SS bolts in the background:
From Scott Steben's Facebook profile pictures
On Tuesday, the Star Tribune published a story in which Steben, a German World War II re-enactor, defended the dinner held at Gasthof's.
"By no means do we glorify the edicts of the Third Reich," he told the Star Tribune. "I understand the sensitivity of the subject matter and everything, but it did occur and it is history."
Steben also posted on his Facebook page this picture of Hitler styled like the Obama "Hope" poster:
An image from Steben's Facebook profile pictures
We reached out to Steben by phone and email to inquire about the findings and he responded with the following:
Statement CONCERNING WWII Reenactment Dinner
On behalf of everyone who participated in a World War II reenactment dinner last December, I apologize. We understand that some of the items we displayed at the dinner have made people feel uncomfortable. That was not our intent.
We are a historical reenactment and professional actor society dedicated to promoting understanding of World War II. In no way are we or any of our members affiliated with groups that promote the subjugation of anyone. All our members value education, equal rights and the complex relationship between good versus evil. These values shine through during our frequent public, Re-enactment Society-sanctioned reenactments of historic WWII battles and events and nationally released movie, Memorial Day. Sadly, these values were not captured in the photographs taken of us during the private dinner.
We are currently reviewing our practices so that in the future our members will be more mindful of the unintended effects of the materials we display.
Steben later corrected "December" to "January" -- reflecting the fact that the party was held on MLK Day -- but has yet to return our invitation to comment further.
Scott Steben dressed as an SS officer at a Gasthof's event
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