Hitler Balcony

Should Vienna’s ‘Hitler Balcony’ Be Opened to the Public?

On the morning of March 15, 1938, Adolf Hitler left his room at Vienna’s Imperial Hotel for the short ride down the Ringstrasse to the Neue Burg, the final wing added to the sprawling Hofburg imperial palace completed in 1919. The Neue Burg is situated on Heldenplatz (Heroe’s Square) where some 250,000 Austrians had gathered to hear him speak. Standing on the large balcony overlooking the square, Hitler proclaimed the Anschluss, the annexation of Austria into the greater German Reich: “The oldest Ostmark”—the Nazi name for Austria, meaning its eastern borderland—“of the German people shall be the youngest bulwark of the German nation and thus the German empire.” Since 1945, the balcony has been closed to the general public. Now, with the opening of the House of Austrian History, Vienna’s contemporary history museum, in 2018, the...

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Will the Holocaust Museum in Budapest Be Forced to Collaborate With Known Holocaust Distorters? anti-semitism in the Hungarian government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his Fidez party

Will the Holocaust Museum in Budapest Be Forced to Collaborate With Known Holocaust Distorters?

In September, the Hungarian publication Népszava reported that the sole institution in Hungary that is dedicated to preserving the record of the Hungarian Holocaust, the Páva Street Holocaust Memorial Center, may be coerced to collaborate with three other Hungarian research institutes. These three institutes, which are controlled by the government, have engaged in Holocaust distortion and/or employed anti-Semites.

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Shooting at the Holocaust Museum

By Michelle Albert Two people were shot and one wounded in the shooting at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC Wednesday afternoon, MSNBC reports. A guard and the shooter, identified as James W. von Brunn of Easton, MD, were shot and are currently at George Washington University Hospital for treatment. A third person, currently unidentified, was cut with broken glass. Von Brunn opened fire on a security guard when he entered the museum at 12:52 p.m., effectively disabling the guard, reports the Washington Post. Before he could advance, however, at least one other guard shot him. The museum was evacuated, and authorities confirmed that the area is secure. Von Brunn is a known white supremacist. He is probably best known for his attempt to put the Federal Reserve Board of Governors under citizen's arrest in 1981. He currently...

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