Austrian police arrest man described as 'Hitler's double'

AN ADOLF Hitler doppelganger has been spotted wandering around the Furher's hometown with his distinctive moustache, haircut and clothing. He is thought to have recently moved to Braunau from the south of Austria.

Man, 25, charged with glorifying the Nazis.

The arrest was predicated on a 1947 Austrian law that made it illegal to promote Nazi ideology.

The daily newspaper Oberoesterreichische Nachrichten said on Saturday that the man had also been seen in a local bookstore browsing through magazines about World War Two.

He is also believed to have identified himself as Harald Hitler.

The house where Hitler was born has been at the center of a legal debate for several years.

On at least one occasion, the man was photographed in front of the house where Hitler was born in what was then part of Austria-Hungary in 1889. Since the end of World War II, the village has been trying to erase the memory of the Nazi dictator, hoping to ensure that it doesn't become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis.

An Adolf Hitler lookalike was arrested in Austria and charged with glorifying the Nazi era, local officials said Monday, according to the BBC.

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.

The building has been empty since 2011 when a dispute broke out between the Austrian government and the house's owner, who refused to sell the property.

  • Leroy Wright