Federal spokesman of the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) Alexander Gauland speaks during the party congress of the party's youth party "Junge Alternative" in Seebach, eastern Germany, on June 2, 2018. / AFP / dpa / Alexander Prautzsch
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One of the leaders of Germany's far-right AfD party sparked outrage Saturday by downplaying the crimes of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, saying they were "just a speck of bird shit in over 1,000 years of successful German history".The Alternative for Germany (AfD) is the biggest opposition party in Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, with more than 90 deputies.In remarks reported by Deutsche Welle and the German news agency DPA, Alexander Gauland, co-leader of the anti-immigrant, anti-Islam party, told a youth party congress that there was more to the country's history than the 12 years of the Nazi regime.
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