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Austria’s Largest Daily Endorses Nazi Revisionist Candidate

“Aus­tri­an Far-Right Icon Eyes Pres­i­den­cy” by Veroni­ka Oleksyn [AP]; google.com; 3/3/2010.

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. . . .


One comment for “Austria’s Largest Daily Endorses Nazi Revisionist Candidate”

  1. “Over half of Aus­tri­ans think the Nazis would be elect­ed if the par­ty was read­mit­ted to pol­i­tics-
    75 years after Hitler annexed coun­try, poll reveals wor­ry­ing views about banned par­ty”


    “As Aus­tria pre­pares to mark the anniver­sary of its annex­a­tion by Nazi Ger­many, an opin­ion poll has shown that more than half of the pop­u­la­tion think it high­ly like­ly that the Nazis would be elect­ed if they were read­mit­ted as a par­ty.

    A fur­ther 42 per cent agreed with the view that life “wasn’t all bad under the Nazis”, and 39 per cent said they thought a recur­rence of anti-Semit­ic per­se­cu­tion was like­ly in Aus­tria.

    The dis­turb­ing find­ings were con­tained in a poll con­duct­ed for the Vien­na news­pa­per, “Der Stan­dard” in advance of Tuesday’s 75th anniver­sary of Austria’s Nazi annex­a­tion — a date which still counts as one of the most shame­ful and con­tro­ver­sial in the country’s his­to­ry.

    Tens of thou­sands of Aus­tri­ans gave Adolf Hitler and his troops a rap­tur­ous wel­come when they invad­ed the coun­try unop­posed in March 1938. Aus­tria fought World War II as part of Nazi Ger­many and many Aus­tri­ans helped run Nazi death camps. Yet for decades, post-war Aus­tria fre­quent­ly per­pet­u­at­ed the myth that it was a vic­tim of Nazi oppres­sion. Der Stan­dard said its poll was designed to show how today’s Aus­tri­ans judged Nazi rule.

    Neigh­bour­ing Germany’s pop­u­lar “Stern” mag­a­zine described the poll’s find­ings as shock­ing today. The poll also showed that 61 per cent of Aus­tri­an adults want­ed to see a “strong man” in charge of gov­ern­ment, and 54 per cent said they thought it would be “high­ly like­ly” that the Nazis would win seats in they were allowed to take part in an elec­tion.

    Some 46 per cent of those polled said they believed Aus­tria was a vic­tim of Nazi oppres­sion in 1938, while 61 per cent said they believed that “enough” had been done to reap­praise Austria’s Nazi past.

    The poll’s damn­ing find­ings have been echoed by organ­i­sa­tions such as the Israel office of the Simon Weisen­thal Cen­ter which, among oth­er things, has accused Aus­tria of a “con­sis­tent­ly ter­ri­ble record” on track­ing down Holo­caust per­pe­tra­tors over the past 30 years.

    In an attempt to improve Austria’s record on Nazi-era reap­praisal, the Vien­na Phil­har­mon­ic orches­tra announced yes­ter­day that it would pub­lish details about its Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tion dur­ing the Third Reich. The move fol­lows alle­ga­tions that the orches­tra has white­washed its past.

    The orches­tra is expect­ed to reveal that it expelled 13 musi­cians because they were Jew­ish or opposed the Nazi annex­a­tion, and that some of its mem­bers were Nazis them­selves. Five of those expelled are believed to have lat­er died in con­cen­tra­tion camps.”

    Posted by Swamp | March 11, 2013, 10:03 am

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