German police discover Hitler altar and arsenal of weapons at home of drunk neo-Nazi

Footage of British life under Nazi occupation in 1941

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Officers made the monstrous finding in the town of Limbach-Oberfrohna in Saxony after a confused sounding man telephoned them for help. The police arrived at the 53-year-old’s flat in Georgstrasse at about 11pm to find him blind drunk.

They then stumbled upon a shrine to the Nazi ruler inside the man’s flat as well as a huge arsenal of weapons.

One chilling image shows portraits of Hitler on the altar, with a wooden stand holding knives on one side and a gun with a German helmet resting on top on the other.

A police spokesman said: “The apartment was secured and the resident was taken to a hospital.

“The professional assessment by an expert officer in the field of gun law showed that several items are criminally relevant.”

Once the man had sobered up, police carried out another search of the flat, suspecting violations of German gun laws.

Officers seized an ammunition belt with some live ammo, a cudgel, a knife in a cane, three brass knuckles of which two were bladed, and three knives, including a butterfly knife.

The man behaved politely towards the police and surrendered the stock of weapons as well as memorabilia related to National Socialism, the German newspaper Bild reports.

Detectives are currently trying to piece together the origin, background and circumstances through which the man obtained the arsenal.

According to Bild, there is no record that the man, who lives alone, has committed similar offences.

When he was confronted by reporters on Thursday, the man said: “I hadn’t planned any acts of violence. I also handed the other items over to the police voluntarily.”

Earlier this month a co-founder of a neo-Nazi group in the UK was sentenced to eight years in jail at Bristol Crown Court on December 3.

Ben Raymond was found guilty of being a member of banned terrorist organisation National Action.

The 32-year-old graduate from Swindon helped to found the group which tried to ignite a race war in Britain.

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He was also convicted of possessing a manifesto written by the Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik.

Judge Christopher Parker QC sentenced him to an eight-year prison sentence with a two-year extended period on licence.

He said Raymond was in effect “grooming” young people in his role as the group’s propaganda chief.

Raymond was told by the judge that he would serve five years and four months before he could be considered for parole.

When he was sentenced, the BBC reported Judge Parker as saying: “You intended that the material should be used in order to recruit new members, and specifically new young members.

“In effect these young people were at risk of being groomed by your material to commit acts of extreme racial violence [with] which National Action no doubt had sympathy.”

Last month, footage shot during World War 2 emerged showing the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands between 1940 and 1945.

The Luftwaffe bombed Jersey and Guernsey on June 28, 1940, targeting the Channel Islands’ harbours and killing 44 civilians in the process.

During the war, the Channel Islands were the only part of the British Empire to fall to the Nazis.

In Operation Todt, more than 4,000 forced labourers built bunkers, tunnels and fortifications, helping to construct Hitler’s Atlantic Wall system of coastal defences against invasion by the Allies.

Treated like slaves, the workers were beaten and tortured.

The Nazis cracked down on freedom of speech and introduced strict curfews among the general population.

Additional reporting Monika Pallenberg

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