Austrian police arrest man described as 'Hitler's double'
Austrian police say they have detained a man described by local media as "Hitler's double" for possible violations of laws against glorifying the Nazi era.
Witnesses who have seen the unidentified 25-year-old say he sports a Hitler mustache, combs his hair in the style of the Fuehrer and wearing "a suit reminiscent of Hitler".
Police spokesman David Furtner that the suspect, who calls himself Harald Hitler, was arrested on Monday night after being seen repeatedly in front of the house where Hitler was born in the town of Braunau am Inn, on Austria's border with Germany. The lookalike had recently moved to the town, Mr Furtner told BBC.
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.
Mr Furtner says the man "appears to glorify ... Hitler."
"It is definitely not a carnival joke or an art project, the young man knows exactly what he is doing," the police spokesman said. He said that the man had also been seen in Vienna and Graz.
Glorifying Hitler or the Nazis is a crime in Austria, which Nazi Germany annexed in 1938.
The home where Hitler was born on April 20, 1889 is set to be turned into a base for a disabled charity, the Austrian government said in December after parliament voted to expropriate the building from the current owner.
Provincial governor Josef Puehringer said that destroying the structure would have fueled accusations of "tearing down a piece of burdensome history."
Instead, officials want to remodel the property's facade to eliminate its draw as a shrine for admirers of the Nazi dictator.