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Auschwitz theft suspect claims persecution

Auschwitz theft suspect claims persecution

Published: 24 May 2010 11:08 GMT+02:00
Updated: 24 May 2010 11:08 GMT+02:00

Swedish former neo-Nazi leader Anders Högström, held in Poland in connection with the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from Auschwitz, has reported the tax agency (Skatteverket) for denying him protected identity, arguing that he is being victimized.

In a letter to the parliamentary ombudsman (Justitieombudsmännen - JO), Högström has claimed that he and his family have been subjected to threats and violence, arguing that he is unable to return to Sweden until "this issue is resolved."

"[I] request that the Ombudsman investigate the circumstances surrounding why I was denied a classified national registration status," wrote Högström. "I am suspected for the sign theft in Poland and my home and my relatives have been damaged and threatened."

34-year-old Högström argued that he had previously submitted six medical certificates along with police documentation of 62 death threats and threatened assaults as well as other public documents supporting his application.

The former neo-Nazi furthermore alleges that the tax agency's choice of administrator may have had some bearing on his case.

"An anti-apartheid activist who immigrated from Gambia, a man of great reputation? Eight children with different women..many born the same year every few months....," Högström wrote asking why the original administrator was taken off his case.

He alleged that his new administrator rejected the request for a classification status on the grounds that "a public figure only has himself to blame."

Högström also forwards claims that he had been attacked with a needle and has suffered personality changes as result, a development that he claims would never happened had he been anonymous in the register.

"Many say that my personality has changed due to what was injected into me... I received blisters, sweating, nausea, vomiting, everything is documented in the case record that was shown to the tax agency."

Anders Högström is currently been held in custody in Poland after he was extradited from Sweden in April, two months after his arrest on a Polish warrant. A court in the southern Polish city of Krakow, where he is being questioned, ordered him to stay behind bars for at least two more months in April, Poland's PAP news agency reported.

Högström has denied plotting the December 18th theft of the gateway sign from the site of the camp in the southern Polish city of Oswiecim, which became a notorious symbol of genocide by the occupying Nazi Germans.

Polish police recovered the five-metre metal "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign ("Work Will Set You Free" in German) on December 20th.

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15:37 May 24, 2010 by naimad
oh woo hoo... wanna be a nazi, f-ing racist...?? deal with the consequences..
15:48 May 24, 2010 by peropaco
This Högström dude is a scumbag but if the tax authority can grant protected status to the 23 year old who murdered that poor old lady, then Högström should enjoy the same protection under the law.
17:41 May 24, 2010 by Nemesis
Another member of the master race who is as tall as Himmler, as thin as Goering and as blond haired as Hitler.

He is so pure, strong and perfect, that he has to clutch at straws to avoid prosecution for his crimes.

The first excuse he thinks of, is to blame the first coloured person in authority he can think of.

Like all nazi's he is a pathetic coward.
22:26 May 24, 2010 by Jan M
Interesting. An advocate of racial persecution complains because he feels persecuted. I wonder whether the gas chambers and a concentration camp would really have been to his liking.
00:31 May 25, 2010 by DAVID T
It says "Swedish former neo-Nazi leader Anders Högström" so if he's changed his ways he should be given the same rights as everyone else including "An anti-apartheid activist who immigrated from Gambia, a man of great reputation. Eight children with different women..many born the same year every few months....,"
09:43 May 25, 2010 by Decedo
Oh poor baby. People are calling him names and issuing threats....let him ask the surviving death-camp Jews about what they went through, and see if it compares.
10:16 May 25, 2010 by Craptastical
According to the article it's also *his family* who are suffering. Do they deserve this treatment?

I agree with others here that him being a neo-nazi is deplorable, but that in no way should influence whether he and his family should be eligible for identity protection.

Keep in mind that others who have physically harmed others are also offered a protected identity if there are threats against them. I think he's absolutely right to be upset that he wasn't afforded this same protection considering the proof that there have been threats as well as probable and actual physical harm against him and his family (if the documents are as real as he says they are).

After all, it's not Skatteverket's job to punish him if he broke the law, it will be up to the Polish courts.

What is it with the lynch mobs running around TL lately?
12:23 May 25, 2010 by Jan M
Why is it the job of a Polish government to punish a neo-Nazi or put more simply why does Sweden in general not see that neo-Nazi views are a threat to democracy? As for his family there's a very simple solution, they should just disown him and his viewpoints.
20:41 May 26, 2010 by Fight2Win
You people would feel differently if you knew what the fock you're talking about. It is a definite that racism is realism, and "anti-racist" equals anti-White...PERIOD!!!

Stay strong Anders!

Hailsa from Boston, Ma. USA
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