Leader of Germany's PEGIDA hate group had also posted a Ku Klux Klan photo. The organization has been holding anti-Muslim rallies across Germany that have drawn thousands.
|Lutz Bachmann, leader of PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West).|
As thousands-strong anti-Islamization rallies make headlines in Germany following the Charlie Hebdo attack, one of the rallies' organizers has resigned as leader of a right-wing group after a newspaper published a months-old selfie of him posing as Adolf Hitler.
The photo shows Lutz Bachmann, leader of PEGIDA, which translates in English to Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West. It appeared Wednesday on the cover of German tabloid BILD.
|A recent PEGIDA rally in Dresden, Germany drew 18,000. (Screen capture from YouTube video)|
"I apologize to everybody who has felt attacked by my online postings. They were comments made without serious reflection, which I would no longer express today. I am sorry that I thereby damaged the interests of our movement, and draw the appropriate conclusion," Bachmann said in Dresden.