Open Letter to Members of the GHGA - John Tschinkel

Open Letter to Members of the GHGA - John Tschinkel

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Abgeschickt von John Tschinkel am 01 Oktober, 2005 um 18:56:40:
Open Letter to Members of the GHGA
John Tschinkel, 10/1/05

On the Home Page of his Website http://www.gottschee.de, Josef Gladitsch reports on a visit of Jörg Haider to the Altsiedler Kulturhaus in Občice Slovenia. In a report dated 21 Mai, 2005, Gladitsch shows pictures of Jörg Haider, Governor of the State of Carinthia, Victor Michitsch, Chairman of the Gottscheer AG in Klagenfurt and Avgust Gril, Chairman of the Altsiedler. The pictures were printed in the Gottscheer Zeitung. The webpage also shows other pictures of Haider, printed in the European press.

The pictures were:

1. Haider with August Gril and Viktor Michitsch,
2. Haider with Muammar al-Gaddhafi,
3. Haider with Saddam Hussein.


Gladitsch also states:

"On April 24, 2005, at 10.30, the invited extreme right wing Austrian politician Jörg Haider arrived at the Gottscheer Altsiedler Kulturhaus in Občice / Slovenia. Haider showed his political orientation when he once called the SS as men of honor. The visit is a disgrace on Gottscheer everywhere and open provocation of Slovenia".
Such continued demonstration shows that August Gril; (Gottscheer Altsiedler Verein, Občice / Slovenia and Viktor Michitsch (Gottscheer Landsmannschaft Klagenfurt) are unfit to represent Gottscheer Organizations and Gottscheer people. Each pubic appearance of these "Gentlemen” serves only their personal egos and their private self interests".
Close allies of Mr. Haider are Viktor Michitsch and Avgust Gril. Mr. Haider is also a frequent participant at the Kulturwoche in Klagenfurt and other Gottscheer functions where he rubbed elbows with Wilhelm Lampeter, (SS Officer in Buchenwald) and Richard Lackner, also an officer in the SS. The role these two Nazi’s played in the loss of our Homeland is now well known. Yet both of these SS men were appointed by Viktor Michitsch as Honored Members in the AG. And the August 2005 GZ writes about Lackner: "His work for the Gottscheer community can not be repaid"!

Haider was not at the 2005 Kulturwoche but sent his delegate and personal greetings. Present, however, was the former SS officer Lackner. Present was also Edward Skender, retired US Army officer, now vice-president of the GHGA, attending internal policy meetings of the AG and marching with Lackner in the same parade. (Sent there with funds collected from GHGA members?)

How disgraceful for members of the GHGA and other Gottscheer no longer under the spell of the Nazis. No wonder the label sticks.
John Tschinkel


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For those unfamiliar with the politics of Haider, articles that appeared recently in the Guardian should be of interest:


"Austrian Politician in Nazi Row".
Ian Traynor, Zagreb, Wednesday April 20, 2005, The Guardian

"An Austrian politician complained yesterday that Nazis were persecuted in postwar Austria and described Austrian soldiers who deserted from the Wehrmacht as "murderers of comrades".
Siegfried Kampl, who is due to become the president of the upper house of Austria's parliament in three months and who is an associate of the far-right leader Jörg Haider, caused a storm of controversy by denouncing Austrians who deserted the Nazi military.
"I know what I'm talking about," he told Austrian state radio. "My mother had died. There were five of us children. In 1945 they came and hauled my father away."
He also complained about the "arrogance" of the allies in Austria after the war. Asked if his father was a Nazi party member, he said: "More than 99% [of Austrians] were."
Opposition Social Democrats and Greens demanded that Mr Kampl be denied the parliamentary presidency in July. The controversy could also hurt Mr Haider, who is infamous for past pro-Hitler views but who is now re-branding himself as a moderate and has launched a new party.
Mr Kampl's remarks feed into a row about how deserters should be treated. Unlike in Germany where Nazi deserters were rehabilitated in 2002, they are still stigmatised in Austria. While SS veterans, for example, qualify for state pensions for the war years, deserters do not.
In 25 cases, Austrian deserters have sought compensation but the courts threw out 24 of the pleas. I am not saying all deserters are murderers, only those who murdered their comrades," Mr. Kampl said".


"Far-right Leader in Expenses Row".
Ian Traynor, Monday June 27, 2005, The Guardian

"Austria's far-right leader, Jörg Haider, was at the centre of a financial row yesterday after disclosures about the lifestyle he led at taxpayers' expense.
The accounts of the Freedom party, which he founded and turned into a vehicle for his career but abandoned earlier this year, appear to show that he used public money to hire private jets on a weekly basis, amass large bills on electioneering and run up expenses more than double that of the party's four top officials combined.
Political parties in Austria are funded almost entirely from public money.
A Vienna online news magazine, Profil, obtained the Freedom party's accounts for the years since 1999, when Mr. Haider led the party to win 27% of the national vote, making him the most formidable far-right leader in Europe.
The news magazine said the former Freedom party leader used a private jet on a weekly basis to commute between Vienna and his power base in southern Austria at 15 times the cost of a regular flight.
Under international pressure in 2000, Mr. Haider surrendered his leadership of the party to a then close aide, Susanne Riess-Passer, who became Austria's vice-chancellor, or deputy head of the government.
She is currently fighting claims, vehemently denied, that as party leader she obtained more than €350,000 (£230,000) in unauthorized expenses.
In the next two years as an "ordinary" party member, Mr. Haider's expenses were more than twice those run up by Ms Riess-Passer and the party's three other leading officials combined, Profil alleged.
It claimed that Ms Riess-Passer, who is now a banker, spent some €11,000 in a boutique during two shopping trips in 2001 and 2002.
She denies all wrongdoing and says her wardrobe is a private matter, and that she has always paid for it herself.
There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing or corrupt practices in the Profil disclosures. Mr. Haider is privately wealthy. The use of taxpayers' money by the Freedom party bigwigs, however, dents his popular image as a champion of ordinary people.
His allies in the Austrian province of Carinthia, where he is prime minister, yesterday dismissed the allegations as mudslinging by his embittered political enemies".

Ian Traynor


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Mr. Haider has been courted over the years by Victor Michitsch and Avgust Gril. Mr. Haider is also a frequent participant at the Kulturwoche and other Gottscheer functions where he rubbed elbows with Wilhelm Lampeter (SS Officer in Buchenwald) and Richard Lackner, also an officer in the SS. The role these two Nazi’s played in the loss of our Homeland is now well known. Yet both of these SS men were appointed by Viktor Michitsch as Honored Members in the AG. And the August 2005 GZ writes about Lackner: “His work for the Gottscheer community can not be repaid”.
Haider was not at the 2005 Kulturwoche but sent his delegate and greetings. Present, however, was the former SS officer Lackner. Present was also Edward Skender, retired US Army officer, now vice-president of the GHGA, marching with Lackner in the same parade.

How disgraceful for members of the GHGA and other Gottscheer no longer under the spell of the Nazis. No wonder the label sticks.

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