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Paintings of Hitler found in Austrian parliament

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The Austrian parliament building in Vienna. Photo: Depositphotos
04:15 CEST+02:00
Pieces of art depicting Adolf Hitler have been found in the bowels of Austria's parliament -- more than 70 years after the Nazi leader's death.
Workers renovating the 134-year-old building came across the four paintings, two busts and a relief in a cupboard in the cellars, officials said on Friday.
 
"It's not really a surprise when you clear out a building after 130 years," a spokeswoman for the parliament told AFP. "We know that the building was used as a 'Gauhaus' (local Nazi party headquarters) during World War II and we expected to make discoveries like this."
 
The artefacts have been given to two historians currently working on a history of the parliament building during the country's Nazi period (1938-1945).
 
The major renovation of the neo-classical parliament is set to last several years. Lawmakers are meeting in the meantime in the nearby Hofburg palace.
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