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Paintings of Hitler found in Austrian parliament

AFP  |  Vienna 

Pieces of art depicting Adolf Hitler have been found in the bowels of Austria's -- more than 70 years after the Nazi leader's death.

Workers renovating the 134-year-old building came across the four paintings, two busts and a relief in a cupboard in the cellars, officials said today.

"It's not really a surprise when you clear out a building after 130 years," a spokeswoman for the told AFP.

"We know that the building was used as a 'Gauhaus' (local Nazi party headquarters) during World War II and we expected to make discoveries like this."

The artefacts have been given to two historians currently working on a history of the building during the country's Nazi period (1938-1945).

The major renovation of the neo-classical parliament is set to last several years. Lawmakers are meeting in the meantime in the nearby Hofburg palace.

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First Published: Sat, September 16 2017. 00:57 IST