Neo-Nazis not allowed in Austrian academy that rejected Hitler

  • AP, Vienna
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2015 19:08 IST
File photo of Academy of Fine Arts, in Vienna, Austria. (Picture credit: Wikipedia)

Hungarian neo-Nazis hoping to visit the Austrian art academy that rejected Hitler more than a century ago received the same response on Thursday -- no admittance.

Advised of the group's plans, the Academy of Fine Arts shut its doors and about 30 protesters congregated in front of the institute, holding banners with anti-Nazi slogans in German and Hungarian.

Deputy rector Andrea B Braidt said the academy will stay closed until late in the day, reopening only after the six adults and one child leave Vienna.

The academy twice rejected Hitler's application for admission in the early 1900s. Braidt said some Hitler fans argue that this turned him toward pursuing politics.

"That makes some neo-Nazis obliged to thank the academy, which is something we don't want," Braidt said.

The adults are members of the Hungarian chapter of "Blood & Honour", an international neo-Nazi organisation constituted by an estimated 10,000 members.

They were being escorted by police through the Vienna until they move on to visit Hitler's house of birth in the town of Braunau and other sites in Austria and Germany linked to the Nazi dictator.

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