Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a press conference on January 17 in Berlin
Austria will dissolve a pan-Germanic corporation co-directed by a right-wing FPÖ party leader in power after it is known that it has a book of Nazi chants, conservative Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz announced Wednesday.
The government has decreed the „dissolution process“ of the Germania corporation of the city of Wiener Neustadt, near Vienna, because some of its songs make the apology of Nazism and the Holocaust, he said.
The FPÖ is a partner in the minority coalition of Chancellor Kurz’s conservatives since December.
The existence of a book of songs with several hymns in honor of the Third Reich -revealed last week by the weekly Falter- sparked a wave of indignation in the country.
In the vice presidency of this pan-Germanic corporation is Udo Landbauer, 31, head of the FPÖ list for the provincial elections held on Sunday in Lower Austria.
Landbauer refused to withdraw his candidacy and limited himself to saying that he was „not aware“ of the contents of the book. Justice investigates four people for this case.
The FPÖ, a party founded after the Second World War by former Nazis, has called the lyrics of the songs „unacceptable“.
„Open the gas, old Germans, we can reach seven million,“ says a verse in reference to the six million Jews killed under the Third Reich, especially in the gas chambers.
Founded during the First World War, the Germania corporation of Wiener Neustadt is part of a network of nationalist and pan-Germanic organizations deeply rooted in some circles of power in Austria. His slogan: „German and faithful in trials and death.“