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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Austria: The more things change, the more they stay the same

Writing over at YNet, Noah Klieger rips the Austrian government and people some new body parts over their hero's funeral for neo-Nazi Jorg Haider YMSH"V (may his name and memory be blotted out):
The man who on more than one occasion praised his countryman, the fuehrer of the German Reich, got the kind of funeral usually reserved for kings or presidents, including a funeral ceremony and convey in line with all the military honors. His funeral was attended by hundreds of politicians, as well as senior officers and other dignitaries, including the Austrian president and prime minister.

Not to mention the tens of thousands of mourning and crying Austrians, many of whom are World War II veterans, who again proudly displayed the badges of honor and medals they received in their roles as the trusted and fanatical servants of the Reich, which was headed by their countryman for the 12 darkest years in the history of humanity - Adolf Hitler, born in the town of Braunau am Inn.

No. They have not learned a thing. More than 70 years ago, on April 10, 1938, a total of 99.7% of Austrians said “yes” to the question of whether they wish to be annexed to the great Reich (back then they called it the Anschluss.) Tens of thousands of them rushed to the join the ranks of the SS and were amongst the most distinguished Jew-killers.

Jörg Haider’s funeral has proven once again – as was already proven by the results of the elections held in the country about two weeks ago – that many Austrians still long for those days, 70 years ago.
Sad, but true. And largely the fault of the West for allowing them to portray themselves as victims for the last 63 years since the war ended. Even the Germans have shown more remorse than the Austrians. The Austrians have shown no remorse whatsoever. Never have and likely never will.


At 11:47 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Hitler was an Austrian. Pan German nationalism had limited appeal in Germany. There was a reason Otto Von Bismarck deliberately excluded Austria from the German Reich. He did not want more Catholics in a Protestant Germany. Austria has always wanted to think of itself as German but the religious wars dating back to the 16th Century created a permanent divide.

At 2:02 AM, Blogger Andreas said...

> The man who on more than one
> occasion praised his countryman,
> the fuehrer of the German Reich.

I don't know of any incident where Haider actually praised Hitler.

He compared the Third Reich's labor policies to Austria's, yes, but to my knowledge he never praised Hitler.

Can you cite a quote where he does so directly? There isn't any.
Besides, for that one goes to prison in Austria.


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