Austrian policeman sentenced to 10 months in prison for posting photo of Hitler’s favorite meal

Photo AP / Markus Schreiber

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The post was shared on Hitler’s birthday

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An Austrian police officer was given a ten-month suspended prison sentence for posting Adolf Hitler’s apparently favorite food.

The man, who has not been identified, shared the photo on Facebook last year on April 20, Hitler’s date of birth.

“Lunch today! Egg dumplings with green salad! the man posted, along with a photo. “Blondi is missing,” wrote one of the accused’s friends, allegedly in reference to Hitler’s dog, according to ORF, an Austrian public broadcaster.

Unless he breaks the terms of his sentence, this suspended sentence means the man will not have to spend time in prison.

Several media outlets at the time reported that the commentator and the officer both resigned as members of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPO) after the messages were published.

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The defense argument that the photo was a coincidence and that “Blondi” referred to a lager did not convince the jury.

According to a 2016 report from Vice Germany, the dish could be used as a thinly veiled code by neo-Nazis.

The policeman was found guilty by a five-to-three vote, although the conviction may change, the broadcaster reported. He was sentenced to ten months in prison and fined € 6,300 ($ 9,500) in a regional court in Eisenstadt, eastern Austria. It is not known whether he will exercise his appeal option.

The man was charged under the Verbotsgesetz 1947, also known as the Prohibition Act 1947, which seeks to end Nazi propaganda.

The man was temporarily suspended as a police officer, but subsequently resumed his duties. A spokesperson for the Burgenland State Police Command said it was determining further disciplinary action.

Hitler was born near the German border in Austria and then moved to Munich. In recent years, Austria has struggled to eliminate the presence of far-right beliefs, including in politics. In 2018, the Conservative government was criticized for forming a coalition with the FPO after discovering that some leaders had participated in songs celebrating the Holocaust in a fraternity linked to the Nazis.

The far-right deputy mayor of the town of Braunau am Inn, where Hitler was born, had to resign in 2019 after calling immigrants “rats” in a poem.

The gunman who killed 51 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2019 donated money to Generation Identity, a popular far-right activist group from Austria, according to Politico.

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