Prosecutor Says Hitler Schnapps Sales Not Illegal

Published February 2, 2012 1:18PM (EST)

VIENNA (AP) — Legal officials say they have stopped investigating a man after finding no evidence that his sales of wine and schnapps with Adolf Hitler on the label were breaking a law against glorifying the Nazi era.

State prosecution official Heinz Rusch says the investigation has been ended because of lack of proof that the man contravened that specific law.

The legal probe was launched last year after complaints that a website posting shows bottles with portraits of Hitler and the swastika. The site offered sales of spirits in "nostalgic bottles of former historical greats."

The man was identified only as Roland M., according to Austrian privacy laws.

The prosecutor's office said Thursday the man stopped the sales when legal action against him started.

By Salon Staff

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