Comments: Puzzlement

Actually, there's quite a few countries in which it's a crime, including (off the top of my head) Austria, Germany, Israel and New Zealand.

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at November 17, 2005 02:02 PM

Dresner is right. There is a special law, a "Verbotsgesetz" according to which "Betätigung im Nationalsozialistischen Sinne" is punished. To deny the Holocaust is explicitly stated as a ´punishable crime.

However, the problem in Austria is not really the few crazies who celebrate Hitler by candlelight but all those who, knowingly or unknowingly, have adopted the inherent Nazi ideology of a supreme 'race' or 'Volk' or 'Nation.' And those who refuse to recognize the responsibilty and guilt of Austria and most Austrians to the Hitler era atrocities.

In contrast to Germany, Austria has never tackled its past. "Happy is the one who can forget things that cannot be changed anyway" as it says in a popular song here.

Posted by Bengt O. at November 18, 2005 02:09 AM

No, I wasn't aware of that, including not being aware that Austria had adopted a policy of "see no evil."

Very interesting, thank you.

And thanks for the list, Jonathan. You've both given me something to think about.

Posted by Anne at November 18, 2005 09:06 AM