In May 1945 the Nazi regime was defeated and Austria was liberated from the Nazi dictatorship. The war left worldwide suffering. Around 60 million people were killed, including six million murdered Jews as well as millions of forced laborers, prisoners of war, Roma and Sinti, politically persecuted people, homosexuals and people with disabilities.
SS runes and “Nazi” posters
The rally takes place at the municipal cemetery in the Salzburg state capital. The fact that the inhuman terror becomes a thing of the past on the national holiday does not always meet with approval. There are also critical voices who would rather let grass grow over the dark story, regretted Hanna Feingold, widow of Holocaust survivor Marko Feingold. “I was just at a grave that I look at almost every year, there are still SS runes on it. How much longer do we want to see that? ”Said Hanna Feindgold.
Not only on old gravestones, but also in the middle of the state capital, there was criticism of the commemoration of the Nazi victims on the national holiday. Unknown perpetrators hang a poster with National Socialist ideas on Mozart’s footbridge. The police are investigating.
Processing of cultural history
The increasing European and global shift to the right is what made filmmaker, author and popular artist Kurt Palm raise his voice as the keynote speaker.
It is also important for the filmmaker to draw attention to the history of the Salzburg Festival. As an example, he cited conductors who benefited from the Nazi regime: “Herbert von Karajan, Clemens Krauss, Wilhelm Furtwängler or Karl Böhm were in some way connected to the National Socialist system and conducted the various” Kraft-durch-Freude “concerts to have.”
Long discussion about street names polluted by the Nazis
Again and again it is debated whether NS-polluted street names should be changed. Re-engagement is also not uncommon for criminal offenses. Siegfried Trenker from the Concentration Camp Association and the Association of Antifascists calls on politicians to act: “This is where politics is also called for. I just don’t see any interest in opposing it and working against it. “
One expects a faster procedure and a clearer positioning of politics, it said from the Association of Antifascists.