Austrian pastrymaker apologises over Nazi cakes

VIENNA — An Austrian pastrymaker who came under fire for making cakes with Nazi symbols has apologised, a committee commemorating Nazi victims announced Friday.

“I’m sorry this happened, and it’s right that memories of this era are preserved,” pastrymaker Manfred Klaschka was quoted in a statement by the Mauthausen Committee (MKOe).

The committee had filed a criminal complaint against him last week for his catalogue of cake designs, in which he included a few creations decorated with swastikas or a baby raising its right hand in a Nazi salute.

“I see it was a mistake, anyone who knows me knows what kind of person I am. I am no Nazi,” said Klaschka, who had earlier said he was just a pastrymaker fulfilling his customers’ wishes.

MKOe president Willi Mernyi, who met with him, added: “I don’t think we are dealing with a far-right pastrymaker here.”

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