Girl's Heroic Swastika Story Ruled a Lie
reported that a German girl was found guilty of inventing the story that she protected an immigrant child from neo-Nazis, a deed for which she received a "civic courage" award.
The court concluded that the 18-year-old, named Rebecca K, carved a swastika into her own thigh, refuting her claim that the neo-Nazis had done it.
A Berlin association campaigning against far-right violence gave her the award in February.
The girl said four men had attacked her in the town of Mittweida last November.
The court in Hainichen, eastern Germany, ordered her in its ruling on Friday to complete 40 hours of community service.
Doctors who examined her said the swastika wound was a self-inflicted one.
When she made her claim to police, she was 17 years old, a minor. She told them four neo-Nazis had thrown her to the ground and carved the swastika in her skin when she went to help an immigrant child.
A German media report said investigators did not find any witnesses to support her story.
Headlines across Germany featured her story at the time, inciting intense soul-searching about neo-Nazi violence across Germany.