Hitler paintings ‘genuine’: ex-Hells Angels boss

Sweden's debt collection agency (Kronofogden) had planned to sell seven paintings, believed to be painted by Adolf Hitler, to pay off former Hells Angels head Thomas Möller's mounting debts.

The agency hoped that the sale would bring in 500,000 kronor ($7,600) at least but after seeking expert advice, their plans were scuppered when the paintings were valued at only a few hundred.

However, Möller, indignant at the suggestion that his paintings are fake, is now claiming to have documentation proving that they are genuine.

”I got the paintings straight from Otto Skorzeny, who got them from Adolf Hitler himself,” Möller told Sydsvenskan newspaper.

Skorzeny was a well-known Nazi and a colonel in the Waffen-SS and according to Möller, the true worth of the paintings is 4 million kronor, not 500,000 that the collection agency had initially hoped to make.

Möller told Sydsvenskan that he is going to try to buy the paintings back if the agency auctions them off.

They were taken from his home in the middle of an ongoing legal battle between Möller and the agency and according to him, the debt collection agency has no right to sell off his property.

”They took stuff worth two million kronor from my home, even my crocodile shoes,” Möller told the paper.

Christer Davidsson, responsible for the sale of Möller’s repossessed estate is uncertain what to believe about the authenticity of the Hitler paintings after all the twists to the story.

”Of course it is disappointing if it turns out they aren’t valuable. But first and foremost we want to see the evaluation that the police had done, we haven’t seen that yet. We will decide what to do after that,” Davidsson said.

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Student loans agency warns of non-payment

Close to 90,000 Swedes with student loans are endangering their future credit score by late or outstanding payments, prompting the student loans body CSN (Centrala studiestödsnämnden) to place warning calls to those risking a record of non-payment.

Student loans agency warns of non-payment

New figures revealed how many Swedes have defaulted on their loans and seen their cases forwarded to the Swedish Enforcement Agency (Kronofogden).

The average debt of people not managing to make their repayments is 11,000 kronor per person, with the majority of those affected being young adults who have studied at a tertiary level.

“Young people in particular find it hard to understand the consequences of ending up in the hands of Kronofogden. Some people choose not to do anything about it,” said Boel Magnusson, spokeswoman at CSN, to the TT news agency.

An equal mix of men and women are in the red, with only 13 percent having studied at a university level. The majority attended municipal adult education programmes (Komvux).

Now, CSN and Kronofogden are co-operating to reduce the number of people risking a record of non-payment, which affect their future credit rating.

In the worst case, they risk foreclosure.

“We know that the most people want to do what’s right, but that something has come up – that they’ve become unemployed for example,” Magnusson told TT.

“Many have the right to reduced repayments due to low income, and they don’t know it.”

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