Austrian fraternity investigated for Nazi lyric songbook
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.