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May 10, 2015 1:26 pm

Austrian Catholic and Protestant Churches Apologize for Anti-Semitism

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Cheering crowds greet the Nazis in Vienna, Austria after the country joins the Third Reich in 1938 in what has become known as the Anschluss. Photo: German National Archive via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgThe Catholic and Protestant churches in Austria have apologized for their anti-Semitism during and prior to the Holocaust.

The two churches issued two separate apologies on Friday, the day Austria commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

During that war, many Austrians had supported their nation’s annexation to Nazi Germany in 1938, and the country had a greater number of Nazi Party members per capita than in Germany.

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The Catholic Church “must acknowledge its share of responsibility for the creation of a climate of disdain and hatred” for Jews before the Nazi period and the lack of “pity and solidarity with our Jewish fellow citizens” during the Holocaust, said Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, the Associated Press reported.

The Austrian Protestant Council of Churches also expressed “particular shame” for “complicity against Jews and other groups … that were considered ‘unfit to live.'”

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  • I do not accept the apology on behalf of all my deceased holocaust relatives and my parents who were on concentration camps. .I can and do tell them where they can shove their apology. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  • SARA RIFKA

    THIS NOTE OF SO MANY YEARS IS FOR ME NOT ACCEPTED…..I DO BELIEVE THAT THE APOLOGY GOES TO THE ONE HARMED AND SINCE THIS CONCEPT DOES NOT EXIST AND AFTER 70 YEARS PLUS ON THIS ROUND IT STILL CONTINUES…..

    NOT ACCEPT….NOT ACCEPTED……MAY YOU SUFFER YOUR OWN DEMISE…..FORGIVENESS NOT ACCEPTED.

  • robert davis

    It is about time they apologize. NOT TOO SOON!

  • Paul Rosman

    How nice… but why wait 70 years before issuing these “heartfelt” apologies?

    … The cynical side of me assumes it allowed enough time to pass where the key perpetrators had already passed on thus leaving no “true believers” to be embarrassed at the hitherto unheard of idea to apologise to these… “untermenschen”, let alone say it and sincerely mean it! Ridiculous!

    The other decision to wait so long (my devious mind reasons) is that just as being spared the embarrassment to even consider apologising to these, these… is the obvious fact that no one of importance will be left alive to be held accountable, the tactic worked for their war criminals why not of the church’s criminals?

    – But I could be wrong of course

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    I GUESS BETTER LATE THAN NEVER.

  • God choose Jews first, and Christians the second, but Islam is outlier

  • edson

    Todos paises ANTISEMITAS twm que ser responsabilizados pelos seus ATOS

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