A woman who has criticized anti-Nazi law and is married to an extreme rightist is running for president in Austria, and critics contend her candidacy could tarnish the reputation of a country still marred by its connection to the Holocaust.
Barbara Rosenkranz, 51, is not expected to win the April 25 election, despite her endorsement from the owner of Austria’s most widely read newspaper, the Kronen Zeitung. [Italics mine–D.E.]
But she is likely to lead a campaign against popular President Heinz Fischer laced with the anti-foreigner and anti-European Union rhetoric her far-right Freedom Party generates.
She is most widely known for her belief that Austria’s law banning the glorification of the Nazis is a hindrance to freedom of expression and violates the country’s constitution. In the same vein, she also has defended doubts over Nazi gas chambers.
Her husband, Horst Jakob Rosenkranz, was part of a far-right political party that was banned for being too radical. . . .