Austrian police: Hitler look-alike arrested for glorifying Nazi era

Harald Zenz has been charged with glorification of the Nazi era after he appeared to impersonate Adolf Hitler.

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

The man was arrested under a 1947 Austrian law that made it illegal to promote Nazi ideology.

"It is definitely not a carnival joke or an art project, the young man knows exactly what he is doing", he added.

Glorifying the Nazi era is a crime in Austria. Other pictures of him standing in a Braunau pub dressed in traditional garb including a loden jacket and lederhosen, were also spotted online.

The lookalike had recently moved to Braunau am Inn, on Austria's border with Germany, according to the BBC.

An investigation was launched after the suspect identified himself in a local bar as Harald Hitler, and was allegedly spotted in a local bookshop browsing through magazines about the Second World War.

Austria's parliament voted in December to buy the three-storey house where Hitler was born, which the government has rented since 1972 to control how it is used.

Last October, the Austrian authorities chose to demolish Hitler's birthplace house to stop it becoming a focal point for neo-Nazis. The place is now gaining attention after the Austrian government declared the intent to acquire the house where Hitler was born.

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