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Shame on Austria, on the Holocaust Remembrance Day!

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On 27 January 2011, 66 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, most countries organize public debates, conferences or special screenings, in the framework of the Holocaust Remembrance Day introduced by the UN in 2005. In Berlin for example, the socialist party invites citizens in the Willy-Brandt-Haus to the screening of Remembering the children (La Mémoire des enfants, by Hannes Gellner and Thomas Draschan).

And what happens in Austria on that day? They decide to ban the largest antifascist demonstration of the country and allow an antisemitic movie to be shown! The demonstration, planed for weeks, was/is supposed to start tomorrow at 5pm to protest against the WKR Ball to be hold on the same day, in the evening. As it is explained here, the elite of Europe’s Extreme Right will meet and celebrate themselves by arranging the infamous prom of the  ‘Wiener Korporations-Ring’ (Viennese Corporation Circle), which takes place in the Viennese Hofburg, the most representative buildings of the Austrian Republic (like the White House in the US or L’Elysée in France). The same scandal took place last year, the police made sure the neonazis would not be disturbed by stopping the demonstration. At least 14 people were arrested, some were injured, I reported and took photos.

And the film? It is Valley of the Wolves: Palestine . Here is the trailer: 

In Germany, the German Movie Control Association (FSK) managed to postpone sine die the release ( 28/1 the film was declared suitable only for adults but was eventually screened). In Austria, even if some officials of the Ministry of Culture and Education showed good will, it was not possible : the film will be show as of today in five cinemas.

The answer: COME TO THE DEMONSTRATION, moved to the Votivpark @6pm!

Last TV-news (27 Jan.):

Twitter to follow the day: this linkThe fix demonstration at the Votivpark has also been forbidden! See this final report.

regarding the film: Wiesenthal Centre to German and Austrian Chancellors:- « Condemn Turkish Hate-Film ‘Valley of the Wolves – Palestine’ as Imminent Threat to Inter-Community Relations »


Wiesenthal Centre to German and Austrian Chancellors:- « Condemn Turkish Hate-Film ‘Valley of the Wolves – Palestine’ as Imminent Threat to Inter-Community Relations »

Paris, 31 January 2011

In appeals to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and Austrian Chancellor, Werner Faymann, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, urged their condemnation of Turkish antisemitic film, « Valley of the Wolves – Palestine », as « an imminent threat to Muslim-Jewish relations » in their respective countries.
He, similarly, called on the two leaders to invoke German- Turkish and Austrian-Turkish associations to discourage their communities from frequenting hate-propaganda, analogous to such Nazi-period film bigotry as « Jew Suss »

Samuels noted that the FSK (Voluntary Self-Regulation of the Movie
Industry) on 27 January – International Holocaust Commemoration Day – had authorized the movie’s distribution throughout Germany. On the same date, the film went on general release across Austria.

The Centre pointed to the German agency’s admission, in its report, to the film’s « propaganda tendentiousness », as had been the case in its
2006 predecessor, ‘Valley of the Wolves- Palestine’. The latter displayed packages of Turkish soldiers’ body-parts labelled « Destination Tel Aviv », with an American Jewish doctor training US troops to shoot Iraqi civilians and Turkish military, in a way to keep all vital organs intact. The current feature – the most expensive in Turkey’s cinematographic history and reportedly endorsed by Turkish authorities – denies the Jewish state’s legitimacy and right to self-defense ».

Samuels continued, « the latest production will not only exacerbate already damaged Turkish-Israeli relations, it can incite to violence between the 3 million Turks and some 105,000 Jews in Germany, as between the 500,000 Muslims and 15,000 Jews of Austria ».

The Centre recalled that, « it annually monitors hate at the Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2008, the Fair’s Honoured Guest was Turkey. Ironically, that year the greatest number of antisemitic volumes were displayed on Turkish Ministry of Culture stands. In 2009 and 2010 those stands were clean, a fact, explained by the President of Turkey’s Publishers Association, ‘as due to German intervention in Ankara at the behest of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre' ».

The letter stressed that « Turkish youth, raised in Germany and Austria must learn of the 1941 brutality of the Turkish military in holding the SS Struma and its passengers – Jewish fugitives from Nazi-allied Romania. Their denial of food and medicines and their forcing the defenceless human cargo into the Black Sea, where they were sunk. The sole survivor, a teenager, testified to his subsequent incarceration and beatings in Istanbul.The lesson would set a counterpoint to the perverse account of the Marvi Marmara, highlighted in ‘The Valley of the Wolves – Palestine' ».

Samuels’ appeals also proposed that « German-Turkish and Austrian-Turkish youth should learn of Jewish contributions to Turkey since the fifteenth century and the harmony with their Muslim neighbours » – proudly, he added, « celebrated by my late grandfather, on leaving his Istanbul home to settle in England. »

The Centre expressed its hope « to work through the Chancellors to enhance Jewish-Muslim relations, through an educational programme in Germany, Austria and throughout Europe. »

« The damage wrought by such hate-films as « Valley of the Wolves – Palestine », must be contained by condemnation, outreach and, above all, pedagogical enlightenment », concluded Samuels.

27 janvier 2011 - Posted by | Antisémitisme, Autriche, Cinéma, Extrême droite, Mémoire, Nazisme, Police | , , ,

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  1. nicely done James.

    Commentaire par StanNadel | 6 février 2011 | Réponse

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