Court Confirms Anti-semitic Nature of Newspaper Series

A Vienna court confirmed the anti-Semitic character of a recent series of articles on Jews in Austria published by the mass circulation newspaper, “Kronenzeitung.” The court turned down a suit presented by Viktor Reimann, the author of the series, “Jews in Austria.” against the Socialist newspaper, “Arbeiterzeitung,” which had attacked its anti-Semitic character.

Judge Christine Boehm argued that the series, which stressed negative sides of the Jewish character, incited anti-Semitic feelings of the readers of the tabloid. She said that the average readers who still remember anti-Semitic Nazi slogans may have gotten the impression that Nazi propaganda was correct. Reimann appealed the sentence.

The “Kronenzeitung” series last year drew protest from Jewish and Austrian anti-Nazi and democratic organizations. The Press Council condemned the series and Justice Minister Christian Broda said he was horrified. The “Kronenzeitung” terminated the series prematurely.

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