‘Nazi’ chemist ex­pelled over Hitler plaque

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AUS­TRIA’S far- right Free­dom Party has ex­pelled a lo­cal of­fi­cial for hoard­ing Nazi mem­o­ra­bilia, less than three weeks be­fore na­tional elec­tions.

A lo­cal ac­tivist said Martin Hochstöger had hung a plaque com­mem­o­rat­ing Hitler’s 1938 an­nex­a­tion of Aus­tria in a back room of his phar­macy in Lan­deck, Ty­rol.

Pics on the ac­tivist’s blog also showed the ex- pres­i­dent of the lo­cal phar­ma­cists’ as­so­ci­a­tion dis­played pieces of cloth with in­signia, in­clud­ing the SS Death’s Head and the Nazi ea­gle, in a glass cab­i­net.

Markus Abzw­erger, head of the FPÖ in Ty­rol, an­nounced on Face­book that Hochstöger has been ex­pelled from the party, say­ing that a “red line had clearly been crossed”.

The anti- im­mi­gra­tion FPO, a party founded by ex- Nazis af­ter World War II and for­merly headed by Jörg Haider, has long sought to clean up its im­age.

But last month the Mau­thausen Com­mit­tee, a group com­mem­o­rat­ing con­cen­tra­tion camp vic­tims, pub­lished a list of 60 anti- Semitic in­ci­dents in­volv­ing FPO fig­ures since 2013.

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