Strache deletes antisemitic cartoon
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.