Austrian Auschwitz survivor says don’t vote racist


This video from Austria says about itself:

My last vote – about the Austrian Presidential elections December 2016 Hofer / Van der Bellen

27 November 2016

“This is probably the last election for me.“ Gertrude, 89, pensioner from Vienna asked us to publish this video statement.

In this video Gertrude, a 89 year old pensioner, talks about her fear of the future. Her daughter tells the ‘Kurier‘ that it is her desire to speak up before her last election: “In the last weeks and months she kept telling us that it feels like back in the 1930s“. Gertrude is 16 years old when she, along with her parents and two younger brothers, is being deported to Auschwitz. Her whole family is being killed – she is the sole survivor.

Translation: Jörg Walther.

From CNN:

Holocaust survivor pleads with Austrian voters: Don’t let far right win

By Elizabeth Roberts

December 1, 2016

An 89-year-old woman who was the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust sent a heartfelt plea to young people not to let the far-right candidate win Austria’s presidential election.

A video of Gertrude — she didn’t give her last name — has gone viral with more than 3 million views since it was posted online last Friday, a little more than a week ahead of the December 4 re-run vote.

“It’s probably my last election,” said the retiree from Vienna.

“There’s not much future for me. But the young have all their lives ahead of them and it’s up to them to see that they continue to do well. They can only do that if they vote wisely.”

The left-leaning Alexander Van der Bellen,

rather: centrist

an independent candidate backed by the Green Party, posted the video on Facebook at Gertrude’s request. He is challenging Norbert Hofer of the far-right Freedom Party in the election. …

‘Shiver ran down my spine’

Gertrude says she is disturbed by the anti-migrant sentiment — “the insult towards others. The denigration. The badmouthing” — that she has heard during the campaign by the Freedom Party.

She reminds viewers of a comment made in October by the leader of the Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, who warned of possible civil war if the influx of migrants to the EU is not stopped.

“When Strache used the word ‘civil war,’ a cold shiver ran down my spine and I thought that shouldn’t even be mentioned, not even be thought of,” she says.

“I experienced a civil war as a seven-year-old and I’ve never forgotten it. It was the first time I saw dead bodies. Regrettably not the last.

“I’ve never forgotten it. It buried itself so deep in me that I’m still aware of it.”

She did not specify what happened when she was seven, but the four-day February uprising in Austria in 1934, also known as the Austrian civil war, marked the first mass European working class resistance to fascism. Clashes between socialists and fascists left hundreds dead.

Gertrude also recalled how the Nazis forced Jews to clean the streets of Vienna while people stood there and laughed. She says that today, there is again an impulse to “bring out the lowest in people” in Austria.

Van der Bellen was elected the nation’s first left-wing president since World War II in a vote in May, winning 50.3% of the vote. Hofer took 49.7%.

But the Freedom Party successfully challenged the outcome in Austria’s high court, which found there had been irregularities in postal voting, and the election is being re-run on Sunday.

If Hofer wins, he will be the European Union’s first far-right head of state. …

In a message posted by Van der Bellen on Facebook two days after the video, Gertrude said: “I am pleasantly surprised that the words of an old woman are being taken seriously.

“I want to thank Austrians for that. I am overwhelmed by this feedback.”

CNN requested an interview with Gertrude, but a spokeswoman for Van der Bellen said she did not wish to speak further “due to security reasons.”

Wildlife in Austria, video


This summer 2016 video shows butterflies and other wildlife in the Kaunertal valley in Austria.

Alpine marmot couple wait for their turn, video


This 2016 video shows an Alpine marmot couple waiting for their turn, in the Karwendel mountains in Austria.

Thim Kooijman made this video.

Austrian nazi murder threats against presidential candidate


Nazi death threat to Van der Bellen tweet

This picture shows a Twitter message by an Austrian neonazi. The number 88 in his Twitter name stands for twice the eighth letter in the alphabet=HH=Heil Hitler. Its (bad) German says, translated:

I will shoot Van der Bellen, so that his body will have as many holes as a golf course, and he will fall down in the grass. That will mean one fucker less.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Austrian presidential candidate gets death threats from neonazi

Today, 13:25

The Austrian presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen is getting permanent police protection after a threat by the extreme right. On Twitter a man threatens to “shoot as many holes into him as in a golf course.” Van der Bellen is now permanently protected by three policemen.

The threat comes from a relatively new Twitter account with a picture of a man with swastika tattoos. On that account are several tweets in which Van der Bellen is attacked.

The Ministry of the Interior takes the threat very seriously. The police has started an investigation and has asked Twitter to block the account. …

On December 4, Austrians will go for the second time this year to the polls to elect a president. In May, the leftist Van der Bellen

Van der Bellen should be called centrist rather than leftist. He used to be active on the right wing of the Green party, but is not a member anymore.

beat with a very small difference the candidate of the right-wing populist FPÖ party

Journalists should learn to limit the use of the label ‘populist’ to the late nineteenth century-early twentieth century left-wing United States farmers’ movement of that name. Today, it is a vague term of abuse; often, by journalists too cowardly to call neo-fascist parties like the NPD in Germany, National Front in France, Golden Dawn in Greece, or FPÖ in Austria, ‘neo-fascist’.

, Norbert Hofer. Also in the run-up to that polling day Van der Bellen was threatened regularly.

The result, a narrow victory for Van der Bellen, was declared invalid because of irregularities. Last month, the new election’s date was moved because the adhesive strips of the envelopes for the postal voters were not really adhesive.

Another neonazi threatened to murder Van der Bellen not with a gun, but with knives.

Butterflies, other wildlife, of Pitztal, Austria


This 2016 video is about butterflies, and other wildlife like birds and tadpoles, of the Pitztal valley in Austria.

Butterfly feeding in Austria, video


This video is about a large wall brown butterfly feeding on nectar in the Pitztal valley in Austria.

Moth on flower in Austria


This video shows a Chersotis cuprea moth on a flower in Austria.