Tuesday 21 January 2020

Man jailed in Austria after posting photo of cat making Hitler salute

A file picture of an innocent cat
A file picture of an innocent cat

Mark Molloy

An Austrian man has reportedly been jailed for posting Nazi propaganda online, including a photo of a cat making a Hitler salute.

The 38-year-old, from the skiing village of Flachua in Salzburg was found guilty of posting around 20 Nazi propaganda photos online, the website for German language regional newspaper Oberösterreichische Nachrichten reports [translated].


One of the photos, described as “extreme right-wing propaganda”, featured a photo of cat appearing to do the Heil Hitler salute, the website added.

The images also included “cynical and dehumanising slogans alluding to the gassing of humans”, Nachrichten added, and were posted on Facebook over a two year period.

When police searched the man’s house they also found clothes with Nazi symbols on, Austria’s The Local reports.

“It is not so much on the individual picture ... but what arises for an impression in the overall context,” said attorney Markus Neher.

The man was charged under Austria’s anti-Nazi Prohibition Act; it was passed in 1947, making it illegal to make or display statements which glorify the Nazi regime.

He apologised in court and was sentence to 18 months in jail, 15 months of which are suspended.

Meanwhile, a Scottish man who provoked outrage after filming his girlfriend's dog responding to Nazi slogans was arrested by Lanarkshire police in May.

Earlier this year Markus Meechan uploaded a video of the dog, a pug named Buddah, responding to the phrase "gas the Jews," raising its paw in an imitation Nazi salute when it heard the words "Sieg Heil", and viewing footage of Hitler giving a speech.

In the YouTube clip, titled M8 Yer Dugs A Nazi, Meechan says: "My girlfriend is always ranting and raving about how cute her dog is so I thought I would turn her into the least cute thing you could think of which is a Nazi."

In March, Microsoft had to apologise after an innocent Artificial Intelligence chat robot became a 'Hitler-loving sex robot' within 24 hours of being introduced to society.

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