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Far-right parents of ‘Adolf Hitler’ jailed in Britain

LONDON: A couple who named their child after Adolf Hitler were convicted in Britain on Monday for being members of banned far-right group National Action. Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, were convicted along with Daniel Bogunovic, 27, of being members of the organization, after they shared messages praising Hitler as well as images of them dressed as members of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and giving Nazi salutes. Three others had already pleaded guilty to membership of National Action, which was…

UK’s Johnson likens Putin’s World Cup to 1936 Berlin Olympics

London: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson agreed on Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin would exploit the 2018 football World Cup in Russia as Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler did the Berlin Olympics. Johnson agreed with an MP who suggested, "Putin is going to use it in the way Hitler used the 1936 Olympics", as a propaganda exercise. "I think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right," the minister replied, envisaging Putin "glorying in this sporting event". The comments came amid an escalating war of words…

German village votes to keep ‘Hitler bell’ as memorial

BERLIN: A German village has decided to keep a contentious Nazi-era church bell that bears a swastika and the words "All for the Fatherland — Adolf Hitler", arguing it serves as a reminder of the country's dark past. The parish council of Herxheim voted 10-3 on Monday that the bronze bell from 1934 should remain as "an impetus for reconciliation and a memorial against violence and injustice". The council rejected an offer by the regional Protestant Church to pay for taking down the 240 kilogramme (530 pound) bell and…

Rare Hitler painting donated to Dutch wartime institute

THE HAGUE: The Dutch national institute for wartime documentation said on Saturday it has been given a rare watercolour painting by Adolf Hitler, believed to be the only one in existence in The Netherlands. The aquarelle -- a technique of painting with thin transparent watercolours -- depicting a tower in Vienna was donated to the Amsterdam-based NIOD institute by a woman whose identity was not revealed, the leftist daily De Volkskrant added. "The woman did not want the painting in her home and two Dutch auction houses…

Hitler ‘selfie’ statue removed from Indonesian museum

JAKARTA: An Indonesian museum has taken down a status of Adolf Hittler after a Jewish organization expressed outrage at the waxwork gaining attraction for ‘selfies’ among the visitors. A photo of Auschwitz concentration camp was in the background of the Hitler statue. The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, which campaigns against Holocaust denial and anti-semitism, said the display is "disgusting" and mocks victims of the Holocaust in which millions were exterminated by Nazi Germany. Human Rights Watch has…

Hitler house expropriation stands: Austria court

VIENNA: Austria's highest court ruled on Friday in favour of last year's controversial expropriation of the house where Adolf Hitler was born, ending a long-running bitter saga between the state and the former owner. The government took control of the dilapidated building in the northern town of Braunau in December after MPs approved an expropriation law specifically aimed at the property. The move came after years of wrangling with owner Gerlinde Pommer who had been renting the house to the interior ministry since the…

Hitler’s phone sells for more than $240,000

WASHINGTON: Adolf Hitler's personal telephone, which the Fuehrer used to dictate many of his deadly World War II commands, sold at auction on Sunday for $243,000, the US house selling it announced. Originally a black Bakelite phone, later painted crimson and engraved with Hitler's name, the relic was found in the Nazi leader's Berlin bunker in 1945 following the regime's defeat. The auction house Alexander Historical Auctions, which did not reveal the winning bidder's identity, had estimated its worth between $200,000 and…

Hitler’s ‘destructive’ wartime phone up for auction

WASHINGTON: Adolf Hitler's personal telephone, which the Fuehrer used to dictate many of his deadly World War II commands, will hit the auction block this weekend, the US house selling it announced. Originally a black Bakelite phone that was later painted crimson and engraved with Hitler's name, the relic was found in the Nazi leader's Berlin bunker in 1945 following the regime's defeat. Auction house Alexander Historical Auctions estimates its worth between $200,000 and $300,000. On Sunday, the company, located…

Hitler lookalike arrested in Austria

VIENNA: Austrian police arrested an Adolf Hitler lookalike Monday after he was spotted wandering around the Nazi dictator's hometown sporting his infamous moustache and side parting, a spokesman said. The 25-year-old Austrian national was detained in his flat in the quaint northern town of Braunau am Inn where the Fuehrer was born on April 20, 1889. The man, who reportedly called himself "Harald Hitler", was arrested under a 1947 Austrian law which made it illegal to promote Nazi ideology. "It was obvious that…

Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ becomes German bestseller

BERLIN: The first reprint of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in Germany since World War II has proved a surprise bestseller, heading for its sixth print run, its publisher said Tuesday. The Institute of Contemporary History of Munich (IfZ) said around 85,000 copies of the new annotated version of the Nazi leader's anti-Semitic manifesto had flown off the shelves since its release last January. However the respected institute said that far from promoting far-right ideology, the publication had enriched a debate on the…