A Catholic seminary in Germany says it is investigating claims that trainee priests made anti-Semitic jokes, played far-right music and gave Nazi salutes.

The head of the seminary in Wuerzburg, Herbert Baumann, says a probe was launched as soon as the allegations surfaced earlier this month.

They were first reported by German news agency epd, which didn't cite its sources.

Baumann said Wednesday in an e-mail to The Associated Press that he wouldn't tolerate anti-Semitic behavior at the seminary.

Local lawmakers have called for a thorough investigation.