Friday 18 August 2017

'Nazi' cake man serves up apology

Austrian pastry shop owner Manfred Klaschka (left) and member of the Mauthausen Committee, Willi Mernyi (AP)
Austrian pastry shop owner Manfred Klaschka (left) and member of the Mauthausen Committee, Willi Mernyi (AP)

An Austrian pastry shop owner who made cakes adorned with Swastikas has baked a traditional Easter bun decorated with Jewish and Christian symbols to try to make amends.

Holocaust awareness group the Mauthausen Committee said baker Manfred Klaschka gave committee member Willi Mernyi the pastry.

Mr Mernyi in turn gave Mr Klaschka a book describing Nazi crimes in Austria's Mauthausen concentration camp.

Mr Mernyi says he arranged the meeting because he is convinced Mr Klaschka is "not a right-wing baker" and that he is sorry for making the cakes.

Earlier this month, the Mauthausen Committee urged authorities to prosecute Mr Klaschka. He subsequently apologised and insisted he is not a racist, saying he made the cakes years ago on order.

Authorities have confiscated photos of the cakes that Mr Klaschka displayed in a binder and police are investigating.

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