Vienna Drops Anti-Semitic Mayor’s Name from Major Avenue (JEWISH PRESS) By: Tibbi Singer 04/19/12)
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The AP has reported that the City of Vienna will rename a section of
the fashionable Ring Avenue named after Dr. Karl Lueger, Vienna’s
mayor from 1897 to 1910. Lueger was a renowned anti-Semite. One
resident of Vienna, a failed postcard artist named Adolf Hitler, said
he was inspired by Lueger’s public Jew hatred.
Dr. Karl-Lueger-Ring Avenue will be renamed Universiaetsring, after
the city’s university which stretches along that section. This
despite the fact that Vienna’s schools of higher education could
easily match the old mayor’s zeal for ant-Semitism.
Mayor Lueger could qualify among those anti-Semites who say, “Some of
my best friends are Jews.” He did, in fact, had Jewish friends, and
joked that he didn’t consider them to be Jewish. He once declared, “I
decide who is a Jew.”
Vienna counselor for culture Andreas Mailath-Pokorny said
Vienna “should not act as if there were no dark spots” in its history.
For that they would have to rename every street and alley in tow,
plus much of the countryside… (© 2012 JewishPress. 04/19/12)
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