Austrian Neo-Nazi jailed for selling Hitler songs online

An Austrian Neo-Nazi has been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison under the country’s anti-Nazi law.

Austrian Neo-Nazi jailed for selling Hitler songs online
The regional court in Steyr. Photo: Weihbold

He was found guilty of selling recorded songs with titles such as “Adolf Hitler Lives” and displaying Nazi tattoos all over his body. 

Austria prohibits the praise or propagation of Nazi ideology. The 38-year old, from Upper Austria, denied wrongdoing, saying his ideology reflected the fact that “I back my nation.” He said he identified as right-wing; “if the Freedom Party is right-wing, then so am I”, and told the judge that the Third Reich is “part of Austria’s history”.

His name has been withheld from the media, in keeping with Austrian privacy laws

Recordings he sold online included a song referencing Hitler’s propaganda minister, called “Goebbels for All”, and another praising a death camp that was set to the melody of a popular children’s song.

His tattoos include infamous Hitler accomplices and a man making the Nazi salute. He often displayed them in public, including at an outdoor swimming pool. He also kept Nazi memorabilia in a glass cabinet in his living room.

The man served previous jail sentences in 2010 and 2011, and was one of the founding members of a now-banned right-wing website called “Thiazi Forum”.