MembersAustria Admits Responsibility for Holocaust

Austria’s current government is considered right-wing and nationalistic, and is viewed with suspicion by many in Israel.

By Michael Selutin |
Holocaust
Photo: Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90

As such, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen was under a lot of scrutiny when he recently visited Israel. But Van der Bellen surprised many with his overtly conciliatory rhetoric. Most notably, the Austrian leader acknowledged his own nation’s shared responsibility for the Nazi Holocaust. “Many Austrians took part, and we lower our heads in humility and respect for the victims,” Van der Bellen told Israel President Reuven Rivlin. “We admitted our responsibility too late,...

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