Alice Cutter, 22, leaving Birmingham Crown Court last week, where she is on trial accused of being a member of the banned Neo-Nazi group National Action
A young woman accused of being a Neo-Nazi poses for the camera in a National Action face mask as part of a ‘Miss Hitler’ beauty pageant.
Alice Cutter, 22, allegedly entered the contest under the name Buchenwald Princess – a reference to the Nazi death camp where thousands of Jews were slaughtered during the Second World War.
A court heard she took part in the competition in a bid to recruit more members to the extremist group and ‘raise the profile’ of National Action.
Jurors were today shown images which prosecutors allege to be Cutter wearing a National Action face mask with the Miss Hitler 2016 logo.
Her fiancé Mark Jones, 24, was also allegedly pictured doing a Nazi salute in an execution room at the camp just a month earlier.
He is also accused of belonging to the same group and has gone trial with co-defendants Garry Jack, 23, and 18-year-old Connor Scothern.
All four deny a charge of belonging to the proscribed organisation, which was banned in December 2016 following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.
Prosecutor Barnaby Jameson QC said it was ‘no coincidence’ Cutter chose the name Buchenwald Princess for the beauty pageant after her partner’s visit to the concentration camp.
A picture alleged to show Alice Cutter which were posted during a ‘Miss Hitler’ competition in June 2016 which prosecutors claim was an effort to recruit new members to far right National Action
A picture shown to a jury at Birmingham Crown Court which is alleged to show Mark Jones, 24, and another man posing for a photograph while giving a Nazi salute in the execution room at the site of the Buchenwald Nazi death camp in Germany
A picture alleged to show Alice Cutter wearing swastika-related clothing, which was shown to the jury at Birmingham Crown Court today
The jury were told Jones (pictured) was featured in the image as ‘Mr Angry’ due to his ‘intense interest in guns and knives’
He told the court previously how the contest was ‘anything but funny’ as it was held just days after a right wing fanatic murdered Jo Cox.
Mr Jameson said: ‘On June 24, 2016 National Action staged, if you can believe this, a beauty contest titled Miss Hitler 2016.
‘This was, no doubt a publicity stunt to raise the group’s profile and attract more members.
‘Amusing to a teenage schoolboy, perhaps, until you look at the detail.
‘Alice Cutter entered and I think won the competition as ‘Buchenwald Princess’ and set out her mission statement in a detailed interview.
‘It is anything but funny.
A picture alleged to show Alice Cutter which were posted during a “Miss Hitler” competition in June 2016 which prosecutors claim was an effort to recruit new members to far right group National Action
A picture alleged to show Mark Jones wearing swastika-related clothing, which was shown to the jury at Birmingham Crown Court today
‘The name ‘Buchenwald Princess’ was perhaps no co-incidence given that Jones had visited the execution room at Buchenwald the previous month and Jones and Cutter became an item.’
Jurors sitting at at Birmingham Crown Court were also shown images of the couple wearing his-and-hers Swastika knitwear at their home in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Other images show a meme shared between the group showing members with their faces superimposed onto characters from Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Reservoir Dogs’.
The jury were told Jones was featured in the image as ‘Mr Angry’ due to his ‘intense interest in guns and knives’.
Mr Jameson added: ‘This is the same Jones who gave the Nazi salute in the execution room in Buchenwald and who had an intense interest in guns and knives.
‘You will have to decide whether the epithet ‘Mr Angry’ was apt.’
Jones is alleged to have travelled with a fellow member of the group to the Buchenwald concentration camp where he posed for a photo doing a Nazi salute.
The image later appeared on the National Action website with the caption ‘Oy vey. Such horrors. Dem bois were recently on tour in Germania’.
Professor Matthew Feldman, Director of the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, said: ‘Buchenwald was opened in July 1937. Eventually 280,000 inmates were imprisoned there until the end of the Second World War.
‘A total of 56,000 were killed or transferred out of Buchenwald. A total of 1,000 were hung slowly and 8,000 were shot at the back of the neck.
‘The photo which apparently shows Mark Jones and Alex Davies making a Nazi salute is in execution room where political prisoners were killed.
‘Buchenwald now is a museum to remember the one in four people at Buchenwald who were killed there.’
Giving evidence, Prof Feldman described National Action as ‘the most extreme end of the right wing spectrum.’
The court heard the defendants were seeking to spread terror from a ‘warped’ ideology, adding that despite the ban on National Action coming into force in December 2016 ‘it continued underground’.
Jones and Cutter deny the charges along with Jack, from Birmingham, and Scothern, of Nottingham.
The trial will resume tomorrow.