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The Austrian town of Amstetten has announced it was revoking Adolf Hitler’s honorary title, given to him in 1939. Hitler visited Amstetten – west of Vienna – in 1938 after the Germans annexed the country.
The Green Party sponsored the move to strike his name from the honors list. Predictably. members of the far-right Freedom Party opposed the move.
Adolf Hitler still has his supporters in Europe and removing Hitler’s name from honor rolls in Austria is seen as a move to distance Austria from the legacy of it’s Nazi past.
The mayor of the southern city of Klagenfurt, Christian Scheider, did not even wait for a debate on the issue, but used emergency powers to officially strike Hitler’s name from the city’s roll of honor.
He said he wanted to distance Klagenfurt from the crimes of Nazism and had filed the following motion:
“If it should emerge that Adolf Hitler ever received an honorary citizenship of the provincial capital Klagenfurt from anyone – a supposition which lies before us – this is officially revoked and disallowed.” Historians in Klagenfurt have found Nazi-era newspapers that describe the ceremony honoring Hitler in 1938.
Fear and ignorance have seen the rise and consolidation of right-wing organizations in Europe, especially Great Britain, such as the British National Party (BNP) and it’s violent little brother, Combat 18. The “18” represents the first and eighth letters of the alphabet, AH.
A few years back BNP supporters upset many decent Britons, when they gave the Nazi salute at a war memorial in Staffordshire. There is a movement to encourage Google (who own Blogspot) and a major internet provider, to clamp down and prosecute hate sites operating in the U.S. and Europe.
Adolf Hitler is a hard man to kill.