Saturday, January 30, 2021

Austrian Police Seize National Socialist Paraphernalia During Raid

Austrian police have discovered a collection of banned National Socialist symbols and a MP-40 replica with ammo in a Vienna apartment.

Austrian police said they were investigating a Hungarian man after a trove of National Socialist-related items was found at his Vienna home.

The 46-year-old man cooperated with the anti-terrorism police units during the apartment search, showing them to a wooden box in his bedroom where he kept the "banned objects". He referred to the items as his collection and props needed for his work as an extra, officials said in a statement.

Among other things, police found hand grenades, including two stick grenades widely used by the German army during World War II. The man said he had obtained the props by buying them at flea markets or from traders specializing in weapons mock-ups. He had also searched for the objects himself with a metal detector. A specialized police unit confirmed that the objects were harmless.

The police also discovered an MP-40 submachine gun complete with ammo, alongside daggers and helmets. Other "banned objects" included the Swastika symbols, Hitler busts, flags and books.

Possession of such items in illegal in Austria which, following the 1938 annexation by National Socialist Germany, became a stronghold of the ideology until the end of World War II. Zionist-Occupied Germany also has an array of bans on National Socialist symbols.

The Hungarian national has been indicted amid an ongoing investigation, authorities said.

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