By GEORGE JAHN
.c The Associated Press

VIENNA, Austria (AP) – Authorities began an investigation Monday into claims that a Web site operated by a fan club of a soccer team in Adolf Hitler’s hometown posted photos showing supporters raising their arms in the Nazi salute. Austrian media reports described several photos, including one of several young “Braunau Bulldogs'” – fans of the second-division Braunau soccer team – carrying a club banner and with arms raised high while visiting the former Mauthausen concentration camp. Other photos showed several fans making the same gesture while gathered in a pizzeria in the nearby town of Pasching, media reports said. Austrian news reports said fan club officials apologized in a statement published on their Web site over the weekend. On Monday, however, the Web site displayed a racist and sexist joke – and hundreds of e-mails critical of the photos – but no apology.