Austria pastry maker faces complaint over Nazi cakes

(AFP) – 6 hours ago

VIENNA — A Holocaust survivors’ group has filed a criminal complaint against a pastry maker in Lower Austria for baking cakes decorated with Nazi designs, prosecutors said.

The public prosecutors’ office in Wiener Neustadt said late Tuesday it had received a complaint by the MKOe Mauthausen Committee against the bakery, Tortendesign, in the village of Maria Enzersdorf near Vienna, for offering customers cakes decorated with swastikas or a baby raising its right hand in a Nazi salute.

While the cakes are not actually put on display in the shop window, a catalogue containing photographs of the designs is made freely available to customers, MKOe said in a statement.

MKOe had been alerted to the matter by a tip-off from a customer who had visited the bakery and leafed through the catalogue.

The Nazi cakes, priced at around 90 euros ($128) apiece, were contained in a separate “adult section” of the catalogue containing pictures of other cake designs, such as penis-shaped marzipan sweets, according to the daily Oesterreich.

The group’s chairman Willi Mernyi said: “This is a particularly abhorrent example of how money is made from Nazi filth. We’re going to file a criminal complaint.”

Pastry chef Manfred Klaschka told ORF public television: “If someone orders it, I make it. I don’t really think about it. Basically, it doesn’t interest me what the customers do with the cakes. I have to make a living.”

In a separate interview with the daily Oesterreich, Klaschka insisted he was no Nazi.

“If someone wanted a Kadhafi cake, I’d bake it for them,” he told the newspaper.

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