Austrian prosecutors drop Hitler spirits probe

By Ben Bouckley

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Austrian prosecutors have dropped a legal case that followed complaints about alcohol being sold online that carried portraits of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and swastikas on labels.

Heinz Rusch, a spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office in Feldkirch, in the western province of Vorarlberg, told the Associated Press that the investigation had ended due to lack of firm proof that a man, known as ‘Roland M’ for legal reasons, had broken the law.

Officials said they stopped investigating the man, because they had found no evidence that wine and schnapps portraying Hitler broke a law against glorifying the Nazi era.

Officials decided that the man – who stopped selling the products when legal action was taken against him – was motivated by profit, rather than ideology.

An investigation began last year after the Austrian authorities received complaints about a website that offered spirits for sale in what it said were “nostalgic bottles of former historical greats”.

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