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FTR #28 Jörg Haider

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These pro­grams dis­cuss the phi­los­o­phy and career of Jörg Haider, Aus­tri­a’s so-called “yup­pie fas­cist.”

Com­par­ing him­self to Newt Gin­grich and call­ing his polit­i­cal agen­da “the Con­tract with Aus­tria,” Haider has put togeth­er a pro­gram which is xeno­pho­bic. While harp­ing on the theme of gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion, Haider blames immi­grants for Aus­tri­a’s eco­nom­ic prob­lems and calls for a state crack­down on the media and polit­i­cal pro­gres­sives.

Haider’s inap­pro­pri­ate­ly named Free­dom Par­ty (cre­at­ed in 1949) was a repos­i­to­ry for Aus­tri­an mem­bers of Hitler’s Nazi par­ty, and a vehi­cle for their polit­i­cal reha­bil­i­ta­tion. Haider has been very chum­my with Aus­tri­a’s bur­geon­ing Nazi move­ment, employ­ing some of them as occa­sion­al body­guards. Alarm­ing­ly, Haider’s pop­u­lar­i­ty and polit­i­cal suc­cess are increas­ing.

The series also dis­cuss­es Haider’s praise for the Waf­fen SS, deliv­ered at a Ger­man meet­ing of vet­er­ans of that orga­ni­za­tion attend­ed by Gudrun Bur­witz, the daugh­ter of SS chief Hein­rich Himm­ler. Bur­witz has been very active with” Stille Hil­fe”, an orga­ni­za­tion devot­ed to help­ing Third Reich vet­er­ans escape ret­ri­bu­tion for war crimes and to the reha­bil­i­ta­tion of their rep­u­ta­tions. (Record­ed in the spring of 1996.)