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Austrian fraternity investigated for Nazi lyric songbook

January 24, 2018

BERLIN (AP) — Austria’s new chancellor says prosecutors are investigating a student fraternity whose songbook contains Nazi lyrics.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Wednesday on Twitter that there should be “zero tolerance for anti-Semitism, racism or praising Nazi tyranny.”

His comments come after a report revealed a Freedom Party candidate for state office, Udo Landbauer, was a member of the fraternity with the songbook. Many have raised concerns about Kurz’s decision to form a new coalition government with the nationalist, anti-migrant Freedom Party.

The book contains the line “step on the gas, you old Germans, we will reach seven million” — an apparent reference to the 6 million Jews the Nazis killed in the Holocaust.

Landbauer says he hasn’t ever heard such songs sung, and that the book was published when he was 11.

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