Nazi-style execution of Jews re-enacted by school children reported to police

Austrian students shared footage of the mock-killings on TikTok and Instagram


A police car stands near the Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral) in Vienna, Austria, on December 24, 2023. The German daily Bild reported on its website that officials in Austria, Germany and Spain have all received indications that an Islamist group was planning several attacks in Europe, possibly on New Year's Eve and Christmas. (Photo by MAX SLOVENCIK / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT (Photo by MAX SLOVENCIK/APA/AFP via Getty Images)

A group of young students in Austria staged a Nazi-style execution of Jews, even sharing the gruesome footage on popular social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram.

The distressing incident unfolded at a vocational school in the Carinthia region of Austria. Here the male students, aged between 14 and 17, simulated forcing Jewish prisoners to kneel in a classroom, their heads bowed in submission.

Two girls then assumed the roles of the execution committee, further intensifying the grotesque display by performing Heil Hitler salutes.

Even more disturbingly, one of the pupils reportedly filmed the entire re-enactment, which later surfaced on the TikTok and Instagram account of one of the participants. The posts were also adorned with Nazi symbols.

According to the Carinthian State Police Department, the students are between 14 and 17 years old.

The original video was viewed by specially trained officers and seized as evidence.

The social media accounts on which the clip was published were immediately blocked. The video itself was immediately deleted.

Several classmates were reportedly appalled by the actions of their peers and promptly informed the school administration.

As a result, the incriminating recordings were seized and removed from social media platforms, and the associated accounts were blocked.

Despite the gravity of the situation and the distress it has caused, the responsible education directorate has not suspended the involved pupils. Instead, the school authorities say they are handling the matter internally.

However those responsible for the re-enactment were reported to the police by people who saw the material online.

The State Office for State Protection and Counter-Extremism have also been called in to investigate the matter further.

“In every case, a report goes to the public prosecutor,” said a spokesperson for the regional police directorate in Carinthia.​

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