April 6, 2011
A pastry maker in Austria has had a complaint filed against them by a Holocaust survivors group for baking cakes decorated with Nazi designs.
The public prosecutors’ office in Wiener Neustadt, Lower Austria , said on Tuesday that it had received a complaint by the MKOe Mauthausen Committee against Tortendesign, a bakery 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.
The Nazi cakes, priced at around 90 euros (£79) apiece, were advertised in a separate “adult section” of the catalogue containing pictures of other “inappropriate” cake designs, such as penis-shaped marzipan sweets.
“This is a particularly abhorrent example of how money is made from Nazi filth. We’re going to file a criminal complaint,” said Willi Mernyi, the group’s chairman.
Pastry chef Manfred Klaschka told ORF public television: “If someone orders it, I make it. I don’t really think about it. I have to make a living.”
In a separate interview with Austrian newspaper, the Daily Oesterreich, Mr Klaschka insisted he was not a Nazi.
“If someone wanted a Gaddafi cake, I’d bake it for them,” he told the newspaper.
“This is exactly the sort of justification we heard all those decades ago. ‘I didn’t know anything, I didn’t see anything. That doesn’t concern me’,” said Mr Mernyi in response to Mr Klaschka’s comments.
Austria bans neo-Nazi activities and the public display of Nazi symbols, as well as attempts to glorify the Nazi era and deny the Holocaust.