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Natascha Kampusch: The man who held me captive for eight years wanted me to feel like a victim of the Nazis

Childhood kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch has spoken about how her captor admired Adolf Hitler and wanted her to feel like a victim of the Nazis.

Ms Kampusch, 33, was snatched on her way to school by Wolfgang Priklopil when she was 10 years old.

She was kept in a cell under the man’s garage near Vienna, Austria, from 1998 until her escape in 2006.

An undated police handout shows the passport photo of Wolfgang Priklopil, 44, who kidnapped an Austrian schoolgirl eight years ago and held her imprisoned in an underground cell in the garage of his house in Strasshof some 25km north-east of Vienna. Natascha Kampusch was kidnapped in 1998 and managed to break free while her kidnapper was distracted on August 23, 2006. REUTERS/HO/Police (AUSTRIA) QUALITY FROM SOURCE

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Wolfgang Priklopil, 44, killed himself after his captive escaped

Speaking to Austrian broadcaster ORF, 15 years after she fled, Ms Kampusch said of Priklopil: “He gave me little to eat, little clothes, humiliated me, let me do heavy work and shaved my head.”

She added: “He admired Adolf Hitler and wanted me to feel like the Nazi victims.”

In the time since, Ms Kampusch has written a book about her ordeal called 3,096 Days, which was also made into a film.

At one point in her captivity, Ms Kampusch weighed just six stone (38 kg).

She wrote a diary on toilet paper, which she stashed in a box to hide from Priklopil.

One entry read: “At least 60 blows in the face. Ten to 15 nausea-inducing fist blows to the head. One strike with the fist with full weight to my right ear.”

Undated police handout shows the room in the basement of a house where an Austrian girl, kidnapped eight years ago, was held imprisoned in an underground cell in Strasshof some 25km north-east of Vienna. Natascha Kampusch was kidnapped in 1998 and managed to break free while her kidnapper was distracted on August 23, 2006. REUTERS/HO/Police (AUSTRIA) QUALITY FROM SOURCE

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Ms Kampusch was kept in a room in the basement of a house for eight years

In her second book, 10 Years of Freedom, Ms Kampusch wrote that she had received abuse from “thousands” of people online since her escape.

“I fled from an enemy and suddenly I had tens of enemies – in some internet forums even thousands (of) enemies,” she wrote.

She said she thought some of the criticism towards her may have been because she seemed tough when talking about her experience, instead of behaving like a victim.

In her most recent interview, she said: “People probably thought that I was missing an eye or something, that I was crying all day and being under the influence of medication, many would have preferred that as a picture of a victim.”

Ms Kampusch was awarded ownership of her tormentor’s home as compensation for what she went through, but did not live there.

Priklopil killed himself after she escaped.

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