German authorities seize magazines reprinting Nazi newspapers

26th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

The seizures, which are taking place across the country, come after German authorities launched legal action against the magazine's British publisher.

Berlin -- German authorities began seizing Saturday hundreds of copies of a magazine that offers reprints of old Nazi newspapers.

Authorities in Bavaria alone seized 280 copies of the weekly Zeitungszeugen, with March 1, 1933 reprints of the Nazi Voelkischer Beobachter (People's Observer), a Bavarian justice ministry spokesman said. More would be seized in the coming days, he added.

The seizures, which are taking place across the country, come after German authorities launched legal action against the magazine's British publisher Peter McGee on Thursday.

Bavaria's finance ministry, which holds the rights to all Nazi newspapers and the writings of Adolf Hitler, said it would seek to press charges against McGee for copyright infringement.

The southern state said it is concerned about the possible offence to Holocaust survivors and the potential misuse of the material by neo-Nazis.

The second edition of the Zeitungszeugen, carrying reprints of three Nazi newspapers, hit German newsstands on Thursday.

The editor of the weekly series has argued Germany's action infringes on press freedom.

AFP/Expatica

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