Ha'aretz reports:

"German prosecutors in Nuremberg have launched an investigation into whether an artist's gold-colored gnome giving a stiff-armed Hitler salute violates the country's strict laws against the use of Nazi symbols. The gnome, standing 35 centimeters (14 inches) tall, is one of 700 made by German artist Ottmar Hoerl that were displayed in Belgium and Italy. ... Giving the outlawed Hitler salute or using Nazi symbols is a crime in Germany punishable by up to three years in prison."

Hoerl's defense: "I'd have been executed by the Nazis if I had portrayed the 'super race' as gnomes in 1942." Fair enough.