Authorities on the hunt after Hitler lookalike seen around birthplace


VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian authorities are investigating reports of a man appearing in public in Adolf Hitler's birthplace as the Nazi dictator's double, including the distinctive mustache, haircut and clothing.

"I have often seen this gentlemen in Braunau and wonder if this means something," the Oberoesterreichische Nachrichten paper cited a local resident as saying on his Facebook page alongside a picture of the man it said resembled Hitler.

Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, then part of Austria-Hungary, in 1889.

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Flowers are pictured in front of the house in which Adolf Hitler was born in the northern Austrian city of Braunau am Inn September 24, 2012. A suggestion to turn the Austrian house where Adolf Hitler was born into normal residential space has triggered a debate about how best to use an empty property still laden with historic baggage decades after World War Two ended. The man who became Nazi dictator was born in the house in Braunau on the Inn, a town near Salzburg on the German border, in April 1889. His family lived there only three years, but his link to the three-storey building has left an indelible mark. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler (AUSTRIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
NUREMBERG, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 04: A watercolor painting signed A Hitler, is on display at an auction house on February 4, 2016 in Nuremberg, Germany. A total of 29 watercolors and drawings attributed to the Adolf Hitler, will be auctioned off at the Weidler auction house on February 6, 2016. PHOTOGRAPH BY DPA / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read Picture-Alliance / Barcroft Medi / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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Prosecutors confirmed the report.

The man, estimated to be 25 to 30 years old, was last seen in a local bookstore browsing through magazines about World War Two, adding he had identified himself in a local bar as "Harald Hitler.

On at least one occasion, he was photographed in front of the house where Hitler was born.

Austria's parliament voted in December to buy the three-story house where Hitler was born, which the government has rented since 1972 to control how it is used.

Glorifying Hitler or the Nazis is a crime in Austria, which Nazi Germany annexed in 1938.

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The last known leather-bound Hitler Album is pictured after its unveiling during a press conference at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on May 8. 2014. To mark the May 8 anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe in 1945, the National Archives unveiled the Hitler Album of art works stolen by the Nazis during the war. The Monuments Men Foundation donated to the National Archives this album, which was found at Hitler's home in Berchtesgaden, Germany, in the closing days of the war and has since been in private hands. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - May 8: Harry Ettlinger, one of only six living Monuments Men, stands next to a photograph of him taking a painting by Rembrandt from a salt mine in Germany. The National Archives holds a press conference to unveil the last known leather-bound 'Hitler Album' of art works stolen by the Nazis during the war on May 8, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
The last known leather-bound Hitler Album is pictured after its unveiling during a press conference at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on May 8. 2014. To mark the May 8 anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe in 1945, the National Archives unveiled the Hitler Album of art works stolen by the Nazis during the war. The Monuments Men Foundation donated to the National Archives this album, which was found at Hitler's home in Berchtesgaden, Germany, in the closing days of the war and has since been in private hands. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Robert Edsel, Chairman of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, and author of 'The Monuments Men' answers a question after unveiling the last known leather-bound Hitler Album during a press conference at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on May 8. 2014. To mark the May 8 anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe in 1945, the National Archives unveiled the Hitler Album of art works stolen by the Nazis during the war. The Monuments Men Foundation donated to the National Archives this album, which was found at Hitler's home in Berchtesgaden, Germany, in the closing days of the war and has since been in private hands. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
The last known leather-bound Hitler Album is pictured after its unveiling during a press conference at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on May 8. 2014. To mark the May 8 anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe in 1945, the National Archives unveiled the Hitler Album of art works stolen by the Nazis during the war. The Monuments Men Foundation donated to the National Archives this album, which was found at Hitler's home in Berchtesgaden, Germany, in the closing days of the war and has since been in private hands. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Robert Edsel, Chairman of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, and author of 'The Monuments Men' answers a question after unveiling the last known leather-bound Hitler Album during a press conference at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on May 8. 2014. To mark the May 8 anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe in 1945, the National Archives unveiled the Hitler Album of art works stolen by the Nazis during the war. The Monuments Men Foundation donated to the National Archives this album, which was found at Hitler's home in Berchtesgaden, Germany, in the closing days of the war and has since been in private hands. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Paul Gerbi, 92, WWII veteran who fought with General Leclerc's 2nd Armoured Division (Division Blindee), presents on November 22, 2013 in La Roche-sur-Yon, western France, four photo albums which belonged to German dictator Adolf Hitler that he brought back from Berchtesgaden in 1945. The books will be auctioned today. AFP PHOTO/FRANK PERRY (Photo credit should read FRANK PERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
National Archives senior conservative Morgan Zinsmeister arranges the last known leather-bound Hitler Album to display for a press conference at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on May 8. 2014. To mark the May 8 anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe in 1945, the National Archives unveiled the Hitler Album of art works stolen by the Nazis during the war. The Monuments Men Foundation donated to the National Archives this album, which was found at Hitler's home in Berchtesgaden, Germany, in the closing days of the war and has since been in private hands. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Robert Edsel, Chairman of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, and author of 'The Monuments Men' answers a question after unveiling the last known leather-bound Hitler Album during a press conference at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on May 8. 2014. To mark the May 8 anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe in 1945, the National Archives unveiled the Hitler Album of art works stolen by the Nazis during the war. The Monuments Men Foundation donated to the National Archives this album, which was found at Hitler's home in Berchtesgaden, Germany, in the closing days of the war and has since been in private hands. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
National Archives senior conservative Morgan Zinsmeister arranges the last known leather-bound Hitler Album to display for a press conference at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on May 8. 2014. To mark the May 8 anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe in 1945, the National Archives unveiled the Hitler Album of art works stolen by the Nazis during the war. The Monuments Men Foundation donated to the National Archives this album, which was found at Hitler's home in Berchtesgaden, Germany, in the closing days of the war and has since been in private hands. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Paul Gerbi, 92, WWII veteran who fought with General Leclerc's 2nd Armoured Division (Division Blindee), presents on November 22, 2013 in La Roche-sur-Yon, western France, four photo albums which belonged to German dictator Adolf Hitler that he brought back from Berchtesgaden in 1945. The books will be auctioned today. AFP PHOTO/FRANK PERRY (Photo credit should read FRANK PERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
National Archives senior conservative Morgan Zinsmeister arranges the last known leather-bound Hitler Album to display for a press conference at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on May 8. 2014. To mark the May 8 anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe in 1945, the National Archives unveiled the Hitler Album of art works stolen by the Nazis during the war. The Monuments Men Foundation donated to the National Archives this album, which was found at Hitler's home in Berchtesgaden, Germany, in the closing days of the war and has since been in private hands. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 22: A curator turns pages in the Gemaldegalerie Linz Album XIII, which American World War II veteran John Pistone brought home from Germany at the end of the war and kept for 65 years, before returning it to the people of Germany during a ceremony at the State Department January 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. The album is one of 31 that contained exquisite photographs of the items selected by Adolf Hitler to be included in the 'Fuhrermuseum,' an unrealized museum complex for his hometown, the Austrian city of Linz. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Robert Edsel stands with a photograph of US Soldiers in World War II removing looted paintings by the Nazis from a castle after announcing that he would donate two recently discovered albums depicting art that was looted by the Nazis at the National Archives in Washington, DC, 01 November 2007. Weinstein said the discovery is 'one of the most significant finds related to Hitler's premeditated theft of art and other cultural treasures to be found since the Nuremberg Trials.' AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 22: American World War II veteran John Pistone looks through the Gemaldegalerie Linz Album XIII, which he brought home from Germany at the end of the war and kept for 65 years, before returning it to the people of Germany during a ceremony at the State Department January 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. The album is one of 31 that contained exquisite photographs of the items selected by Adolf Hitler to be included in the 'Fuhrermuseum,' an unrealized museum complex for his hometown, the Austrian city of Linz. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ZACHARY SLOBIG 'US-GERMANY-HISTORY-WAR' This picture taken 09 November 2007 shows a photograph in John Barsamian's World War II photo album of him standing inside Adolf Hitler's residence at Berchtesgaden where he found Hitler's globe as a young US Army officer 10 May 1945. Barsamian now plans to auction off the curious piece of war memorabilia which is expected to attract bids of 15,000 to 20,000 USD when it is auctioned 13 November in San Francisco. AFP PHOTO/Tony AVELAR (Photo credit should read TONY AVELAR/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 22: A curator turns pages in the 'Augsburger Geschlechterbuch,' (L) a book taken from Germany by a U.S. Army Captain at the end of World War II, before its return to the people of Germany during a ceremony at the State Department January 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. Valued at $600,000, the book is a 16th-century bound volume of drawings and prints showing prominent families of Augsburg in different costumes and situations. Also returned to Germany was the Gemaldegalerie Linz Album XIII (R), one of 31 that contained exquisite photographs of the items selected by Adolf Hitler to be included in the 'Fuhrermuseum,' an unrealized museum complex for his hometown, the Austrian city of Linz. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: Robert Edsel donated this Hitler album of looted art which is on display at the National Archives Wednesday January 29, 2014 in Washington, DC. Edsel, author of Monuments Men, the book about the WWII men and women who hunted for Nazi looted art in a race against time across Europe which is now a movie starring George Clooney, will speak at the National Archives as part of the public programs panel discussion Feb. 19. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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