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  • New German Political Party Emulates Austrian Extremists

    A new extremist political party has surfaced in Germany — and its founder says he plans to use Europe’s most popular extremist party as his model. About 300 people gathered recently in the central German town of Kirchheim for the inauguration of the party, which is called Offensive for Germany — the Liberals. The party’s… More ▸

  • Russia Pardons Austrian Man Believed to Be Hitler’s Relative

    A person believed to be a relative of Adolf Hitler was among a group of German and Austrian citizens recently pardoned by Russia, a Moscow daily newspaper reported. The 61 Germans and 13 Austrians exonerated last month — most of them posthumously — were convicted as war criminals by Soviet military courts during and after… More ▸

  • ADL Opens Center in Austria to Combat Prejudice in Europe

    The Anti-Defamation League has opened an office in Vienna — its first in Europe — to serve as a base for fighting anti-Semitism, prejudice and bigotry in Central and Eastern Europe. “We put up the mezuzah,” said the Anti-Defamation’s national director, Abraham Foxman. Foxman said the two-person staff will carry out traditional ADL operations, including… More ▸

  • Austrian Students Initiate Monument to Kristallnacht

    The ski resort town of Innsbruck in the Austrian Tyrol has erected a Kristallnacht monument thanks to a grass-roots initiative by local students. The monument, a 20-foot tall, stylized menorah, was unveiled in June. The candles on the monument, which is located on a central Innsbruck square, will be lighted by a laser beam each… More ▸

  • Agreement Reached to Move Composer’s Archives to Vienna

    The much-contested musical archives of Arnold Schoenberg will soon move to Vienna, the composer’s two sons announced this week. In a news conference Monday at the Austrian Consulate here, Lawrence and Ronald Schoenberg said the opening of the new Arnold Schoenberg Center is slated for spring 1998. When first reported, the move from the present… More ▸

  • Archives of Jewish Composer to Move from U.S. to Austria

    The Arnold Schoenberg Institute, which holds one of the world’s most valuable musical archives, is leaving Los Angeles for Vienna. The decision by Schoenberg’s heirs has been sharply denounced by some university scholars, who point to the Austrian capital’s long history of anti- Semitism before and during the World War II era. Claudio Spies, emeritus… More ▸

  • Austria’s Rightist Party Stuns Europeans with Success at Polls

    The strong showing of the far-right Freedom Party in Austria’s elections this week for the European Parliament was greeted ominously throughout Europe, with some warning that the party’s leader could become another Hitler. Jorg Haider’s Freedom Party won 28 percent of the vote in Sunday’s elections. The results placed the Freedom Party in third place,… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Austrian Jew May Represent Racist Party in E.u. Parliament

    In a bid to increase his acceptance at home and in the European community at large, far-right leader Jorg Haider has stunned critics by including a Jewish author on his party’s list for elections to the European Parliament. Haider’s Freedom Party, the strongest far-right party in Western Europe, already holds five of Austria’s 21 seats… More ▸

  • Austria Enables Heirs to Benefit from Restitution

    The Austrian Fund for Victims of National Socialism has decided that payments from the fund could be inherited if claimants die before receiving their benefits. The fund’s supervisory committee said an application for the fund must have been filed before the claimant’s death in order for the money to be inherited. “It’s very important to… More ▸