On Thursday, a family is on trial for re-employment by the Nazis. Earlier connections lead to the FPÖ.
A local FPÖ politician drove through the area in a car that had a license plate with the “88” on it. It is said to be the date he met his girlfriend, so he shows the investigators his cell phone. This also contained solid evidence – which brought other family members to court. “Der Standard” reports.
There is, for example, the uncle who celebrated in a pub with quite unusual party supplies. The date was April 20, 2017, on that day Adolf Hitler would have been 128 years old. The wine served there had a portrait of the “Führer” printed on it, the table was protected from stains by means of a swastika flag and the cake also bore the 88 as an inscription.
Here it was not argued with an ominous date, the setting hardly left any doubt that it was the most famous of the “Heil Hitler” ciphers. In retrospect, the uncle regrets having sat down to celebrate. The first defendant stated that he was not particularly interested in politics. He was only FPÖ chairman in town because no one else could be found for the function.
In the family group, on another April 20, they wrote to each other “Today State Holiday, Sieg Heil” and sent pictures with National Socialist content. They talked about the “shitty foreigners” and shared pictures of the cake again on Hitler’s birthday, the mother with thumbs-up emojis on the “national holiday” messages.
Brothers and uncles confessed at the trial on Thursday and showed remorse that they didn’t mean it at all and allowed themselves stupid jokes. A judgment is still pending, the presumption of innocence applies.