How insane is this? An Austrian politician has been forced to resign and has said he will quit politics altogether because of song lyrics written by someone else when he was 11 years old!
An Austrian Cabinet minister from the far-right Freedom Party resigned following the discovery of anti-Semitic literature at his old university fraternity.
Udo Landbauer, who was 11 when offensive poems about Jews were included in a songbook of the Germania zu Wiener Neustadt fraternity, said Thursday he would leave politics.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz last week called for punishing with the “the full severity of the law” the authors of an anti-Semitic poem that appeared in the songbook.
The poem, which was printed in 1997, read: “In their midst comes the Jew Ben-Gurion: ‘Step on the gas, you ancient Germanic peoples, we’ll manage the seventh million.”
Kurz spoke out about the booklet Wednesday in a statement following a report earlier this week on it by the Austrian Falter weekly magasine. Racist hate speech is illegal in Austria.
The Germania zu Wiener Neustadt fraternity said the person who was responsible for the poem has been identified and excluded for any membership in the organisation.
Austrian officials have said they are looking into disbanding and outlawing the fraternity.
Other parts of the lyrics say:
“A slit-eyed Chinaman steps in among them: ‘We too are Indo-Germans and want to join the Waffen SS'”.