A neo-Nazi terror suspect entered a “Miss Hitler” beauty contest in a bid to attract new members to a far-right extremist group, a court has heard.
Alice Cutter is alleged to have won the competition organised by National Action after taking on the nickname Buchenwald Princess in reference to the Nazi death camp.
The 22-year-old is standing trial at Birmingham Crown Court alongside her partner Mark Jones, who is accused of posing for a photograph while giving a Nazi salute in Buchenwald’s execution room.
Jones, 24, and Cutter, both of Mulhalls Mill, Sowerby Bridge, near Halifax, deny being members of National Action between December 2016 and September 2017.
The Crown also alleges that Garry Jack, 23, from Heathland Avenue, Shard End, Birmingham, and 18-year-old Connor Scothern, of Bagnall Avenue, Nottingham, are guilty of belonging to the banned organisation between the same dates.
Opening the case against the four defendants, prosecutor Barnaby Jameson QC said Jones flew to Germany in 2016 to visit Buchenwald.
After showing the jury a picture featuring two men standing in the camp’s execution room holding a National Action flag, Mr Jameson told the jury: “Buchenwald was a Nazi concentration camp that stood out, even by the standards of Nazi concentration camps, for its depravity.
“Like Auschwitz, Buchenwald is a permanent museum to honour the victims and remind the world of the horrors perpetrated in the name of Nazism.”
He said Cutter entered the National Action-organised beauty contest in June 2016 – days after the murder of MP Jo Cox.
The prosecutor told the jury of seven men and five women: “On 24 June 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.
“One of those who entered and, I think, in fact, won the competition, was Alice Cutter.
“She entered the competition as Buchenwald Princess and she set out her mission statement in a detailed interview.
“The beauty contest was anything but funny. The name Buchenwald Princess was, perhaps, you may think, no coincidence given that Jones had visited the execution room at Buchenwald the previous month.”
Mr Jameson told the jury the defendants were seeking to spread terror from “an ideology so warped, so extreme and so twisted, its continued existence will be shocking to many of you, if not all”.
He added: “It is the terror of pathological racial prejudice.
“This case is about a fellowship of hate. A hate so fanatical and a fellowship so defiant that the accused would sooner break the law than break their bonds of hate.”
The jury was shown a picture alleged to show Cutter wearing a National Action mask, which was posted online.
In an “interview” accompanying the photo, the competition entrant said: “It is important to me that there’s a balance of feminine to masculine in the movement – without feminine involvement, what would a movement be? A sad sausage fest with no appeal?
“Women are the most important figures when it comes to teaching and raising the next generation to be strong and proud.
“We need to step up, be the lionesses we ought to be and rip apart the hyenas laughing at us as we get raped, beaten, brainwashed and de-feminised en masse.
“Hyenas have no part in our pride and never will.”
The Crown alleges all four defendants flouted a ban classing National Action as a terrorist group which came into force on December 16, 2016.
After the ban, the court heard, Jones – a former BNP youth wing member – had remained a National Action “leader, strategist and recruiter” known as “Granddaddy Terror”.
Jack is alleged to have been an out-and-out fanatic and was arrested for posting racist stickers at a university after the ban was imposed.
During his opening address to the court, Mr Jameson said: “National Action did not disband. It continued underground.
“Common sense will tell you that a terrorist group cannot evade a legislative ban by simply changing its name. That is, however, exactly what it did.”
Mr Jameson will continue his opening speech on Thursday.