BAVARIAN PUB OWNER FACES JAIL FOR HITLER WINE

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BAVARIAN PUB OWNER FACES JAIL FOR HITLER WINE

In Augsburg, Bavaria, a pub owner could face jail time after police raids found four bottles of wine with pictures of Adolf Hitler. The police reports state that all four bottles show pictures of Adolf Hitler on them.

According to the Augsburger Allgemeine, police searched the premises after receiving a complaint about the bottles being displayed. The bar owner claims to have gotten them as gifts and found them “funny”. Strict laws in Germany ban speech and symbols that glorify the Third Reich making the bar owners act a crime.



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Strafgesetzbuch section 86a, part of the nation’s criminal code, prohibits the use of symbols associated with unconstitutional organizations including the Nazi Party. The law states: “Whoever domestically disseminates or produces, stocks, imports or exports … means of propaganda … of a party which has been declared to be unconstitutional by the Federal Constitutional Court … shall be punished with imprisonment for not more than three years or a fine.”

The 49-year-old pub owner claims he did not know of the law and investigators have found no link to connect him to right wing groups.

The wine is thought to have come from Italy, which has no laws against Hitler’s face being on a product and “Führerwein” is sold in some supermarkets there.

The bar owner is awaiting sentencing.



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