It may not be the majority, but what the Austrian public thinks of Hitler and the Nazis
is cause for concern:
Forty two percent of Austrians think "not everything was bad under Hitler," while 57% think "there was nothing positive about the Hitler era," according to a poll conducted by newspaper Der Standard that was published on Friday.
The poll was conducted among 502 eligible voters in Austria and published ahead of the 75th anniversary of the country's annexation by Nazi Germany.
61% thought the country adequately dealt with its Nazi past, while 39% thought more should be done.
[...] Jewish leaders have warned of late against what they called creeping tolerance of anti-Semitism in Austria.
A rabbi said in September that neo-Nazi soccer fans had verbally abused him while police looked on, and a far-right politician drew criticism from the country's president for posting a cartoon on his website that was widely seen as anti-Semitic.
Would they please just stop using that tired cliche of "far-right" when the nazis happen to have been socialist, the trait connected with the left? That aside, this is something to worry about in a country where Hitler came from. It may not be the majority, but it's still a very high number.
Labels: anti-semitism, Europe