Footage of Polish neo-Nazis celebrating Hitler’s birthday sparks investigation
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Footage of Polish neo-Nazis celebrating Hitler’s birthday sparks investigation

Undercover report captures members of the Pride and Modernity group wearing Nazi uniforms and singing while presenting a cake with a swastika on it

Members of the Polish neo-Nazi Pride and Modernity group celebrating Adolf Hitler's birthday in an undated video. (Screen capture: TVN24)
Members of the Polish neo-Nazi Pride and Modernity group celebrating Adolf Hitler's birthday in an undated video. (Screen capture: TVN24)

WARSAW, Poland — An undercover television report that showed members of a Polish neo-Nazi group celebrating Adolf Hitler’s birthday and burning a swastika has prompted a criminal investigation.

Poland’s prime minister also denounced fascism in response to the report broadcast by Polish news channel TVN24 on Saturday.

The report featured members of a group called Pride and Modernity wearing Nazi uniforms, performing the Nazi salute in front of a flaming swastika and singing while presenting a cake with a swastika on it. It said the same group was behind a November protest where pictures of centrist European Parliament lawmakers from Poland were hung on mock gallows.

Poland’s prosecutor general opened an investigation Sunday for suspected “public propagation of fascism,” a crime punishable by up to two years in prison.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said propagating fascism tramples “the memory of our ancestors and their heroic fight for a Poland that is just and free from hatred.”

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