Austrian authorities arrest Hitler lookalike in Nazi dictator's birth town

Posted February 15, 2017

A Hitler lookalike has been arrested in Austria on charges of glorifying the Nazi era, local officials say.

"It was obvious that he glorified Hitler", local police spokesman David Furtner told French press agency AFP.

The 25-year-old man reportedly calls himself Harald Hitler.

The house is located in the town of Braunau, on Austria's border with Germany.

Glorifying Hitler or the Nazis is a crime in Austria and police are now investigating the matter.

The man was arrested in violation of a 1947 Austrian law that makes promotion of Nazi Ideology illegal.

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"I have seen this man in Braunau many times and wonder if it means something", one local man said in a Facebook post, as cited by the local media.

The suspect, who offered no resistance during his arrest, had moved to Braunau am Inn last month, the police said.

Wearing a dark military outfit, the modern-day Hitler also was seen browsing magazines about World War II.

The Austrian parliament voted in December of 2016 to force the owner to sell the three-story house in Braunau am Inn to the state because she had turned down previous offers.

The Austrian authorities, last October, had made a decision to demolish Hitler's birthplace house to stop it from becoming a focal point of neo-Nazis. The abandoned building was recently seized by the Austrian government to prevent it falling into the hands of neo-Nazis.