BERLIN – Gideon Eckhaus, the head of the Israel-based Central Committee for Jews
in Austria, urged the Central European country on Friday to increase its
compensation payments to Austrian survivors of the Holocaust.
said between 12,000 and 14,000 Austrian victims of the Holocaust across the
world are living in poverty and are in need of medical attention that they
frequently cannot afford.
He called on Austria’s government to fill the
gaps in compensation. It is unclear if the government plans to increase
Holocaust payments to survivors.
According to Eckhaus, Austria’s Finance
Minister Josef Pröll agreed a number of years ago to allocate a one-time payment
of 100,000 euros for Holocaust survivors in Israel. However, 100,000 euros would
not cover the social and medical assistance that survivors
Eckhaus, who was born in Vienna, fled Austrian Nazism in 1939.
The Nazis murdered his father in Auschwitz and his uncle in
In a separate development, an Austrian-based Iranian women’s
network demonstrated in Vienna last week against the Tehran regime, and called
for international solidarity with the Iranian rapper Shahin Najafi, who is
living in Germany and faces a fatwa death sentence for apostasy.
statement released in advance of the protest, Maryam Farzan, from the Iranian
Women’s network, said, “The embassies of the Iranian Holocaust—denying regime
serve as a backbone of its terror apparatus abroad and as a departure point for
deadly attacks against Iranians living in exile, including here in
Writing on the British-based news website The Commentator
earlier this month, the German-Iranian scholar Dr. Wahied Wahdat-Hagh wrote
about the new fatwa targeting Najafi. According to Dr. Wahdat- Hagh, Najafi’s
only crime was insulting a Shi’ite imam.
There is an online video game
based in Iran in which Web surfers can practice the execution of “apostates.”