Sunday, March 13, 2016

Austria: Prosecutors to get WWII lessons after shock ruling

Via Times of Israel:
Budding Austrian judges and prosecutors will be required to take World War II history lessons, the justice ministry said Friday, after a controversial ruling sparked outrage among Holocaust survivors.

The scandal erupted in February when the prosecutor’s office in the southern city of Graz decided to drop its case against a right-wing magazine, which had described detainees freed from the Mauthausen concentration camp in 1945 as “mass murderers” and “a plague.”

In an article published last summer, Aula magazine wrote: “The fact that a significant number of liberated prisoners from Mauthausen wreaked havoc on the population is considered proven by the courts and only concentration camp fetishists contest this today.”

Prosecutors in Graz launched an investigation for incitement of hatred, but unexpectedly announced last month that they would not pursue the case.

It was “understandable,” they argued, that the release of several thousand people — including potential “criminals” — had posed a “nuisance” to locals.

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