Stra­che deletes an­tisemitic car­toon

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY LIAM HOARE IN VI­ENNA

AN AN­TISEMITIC car­toon shared on Aus­trian Vice Chan­cel­lor Heinz-Chris­tian Stra­che’s Facebook page six years ago was re­moved as Se­bas­tian Kurz made his first of­fi­cial visit to Is­rael as chan­cel­lor.

The car­toon showed a sweaty, over­weight feast­ing banker with a hooked nose and Star of David but­tons on his jacket, as a gov-

FPÖ leader Stra­che ern­ment min­is­ter tops up his wine glass. Across the ta­ble from him is a starv­ing man, em­body­ing the masses. The far-right Free­dom Party (FPÖ) leader wrote in 2012 as a cap­tion to the car­toon that it rep­re­sented the re­dis­tri­bu­tion of Aus­trian tax­payer money to­wards Eu­ro­pean “fi­nan­cial spec­u­la­tors” and “bank­ing lob­bies”. The post’s re­moval is one of a num­ber of cos­metic changes Mr Stra­che and the FPÖ have made since their re­turn to gov­ern­ment in De­cem­ber 2017.

Mr Stra­che has re­branded him­self as pro-Eu­ro­pean, telling Die Presse on Sunday that “it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep the atro­cious Nazi pe­riod in our con­scious­ness.”

The vice chan­cel­lor es­tab­lished a com­mis­sion ear­lier this year to in­ves­ti­gate his party’s links with greater Ger­man na­tion­al­ist fra­ter­ni­ties.

In Jan­uary it emerged that the FPÖ’s can­di­date in Lower Aus­tria was in a fra­ter­nity whose song­book con­tained racist, an­tisemitic, pro-Nazi lyrics.

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

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