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Holocaust survivor warns Austrians against far-right vote

AJN.-In a video published last week, the survivor, identified as Gertrude, says Norbert Hofer’s anti-immigration Freedom Party aims to ‘bring out the worst in people’; pointing to the denigration of people, the former Auschwitz prisoner says ‘I’ve seen it before’ and calls on people to vote for rival Greens party.




An emotional video appeal by a Holocaust survivor warning Austrians not to vote for the far-right candidate in a presidential election re-run has gone viral, reaching close to three million views on Monday.

The Vienna pensioner, identified only as Gertrude, said Norbert Hofer’s anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPOe) aimed to «bring out the worst in people,» in a throwback to the anti-Semitism unleashed by the Nazis in the 1930s.

«The thing that bothers me the most is the denigration of others, the attempt to bring out people’s most base feelings instead of their decency,» the 89-year-old said in the online video published late last week.

«I have seen this once before… and it hurts and scares me.»

She called on young people to support Hofer’s rival, the Greens-backed Alexander Van der Bellen in Sunday’s vote, being closely watched after populist Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election and Britain’s vote to leave the EU.

Gertrude was 16 when she and her family were deported to the Auschwitz death camp. She is the only one to have returned.

She said she was particularly shocked by FPOe leader Heinz-Christian Strache’s recent remarks that migrants could spark a «civil war» in Austria.

«It sent shivers down my spine. You can’t even allude to something like that,» Gertrude said.

«I have witnessed a civil war as a seven-year-old and have never forgotten it. That’s when I saw my first dead bodies, and unfortunately not the last ones.»

«This is probably my last election… But young people have their whole lives in front of them and they need to make sure that they’re doing well,» Gertrude said.

Her video, first posted by Van der Bellen on his Facebook page, has had more than 2.8 million views and thousands of comments.

Gertrude said Sunday she was «pleasantly surprised that the words of an old lady had been taken seriously».

Opinion polls suggest Sunday’s race is too close to call.

Van der Bellen, 72, narrowly beat his 45-year-old opponent in May, but the FPOe got the result overturned over procedural errors.

A re-run set for October was again postponed because of faulty postal vote envelopes.

Like other populist groups in Europe and Trump in the US, the FPOe has won support by stoking concerns about immigration and what it portrays as an out-of-touch elite.
The party is currently tipped to win the next general election scheduled for 2018.

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Jewish communities congratulates the President elect of Argentina Alberto Fernandez

AJN Agency.- The principal jewish communities congratulated Fernandez after his victory in the national elections as he got elected President.




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AJN Agency.- The Delegation of Argentinian Israelis Asociations (DAIA) congratulates the President elect Alberto Fernández for the winning in the national elections of the last sunday.

DAIA’s President wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights.

“We congratulate the President elect, Dr. Alberto Fernández. Is our wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights”, said Jorge Knoblovits in representation of the jewish community of Argentina.

Knoblovits talk with the AJN News Agency and insist on his greets to Fernández and said he hope to: «have success in his work for Argentina».

The President of AMIA (Mutual Association Israeli Argentina), Ariel Eichbaum, felicitate this tuesday the elected President Alberto Fernández for the success in the national elections while he transmited his with of «every sector» accompany the transition process.

Talking with AJN News Agency, Eichbaum transmited the predisposition of AMIA for ‘cooperating’ with programs that facilitate a «bigest social inclusion».

“From AMIA we want to congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández for the results in the election of the last sunday, in which argentian society could, in peace, expres their will and compromise with democracy and respect for the institutions”, said Eichbaum.

The Israeli Embassy in Argentina congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández por the winning in the national elections that took place on sunday.

The Embassy published on Twitter: “We congratulate the President elect @alferdez and all the argentinian people for this new celebration of democracy”.

Also the Embassy added: “We will keep working together honoring the friendship between the people of Israel and Argentina”.

The ambassador Galit Ronen also greets the candidate of «Frente de Todos», Alberto Fernández, who win the elections in the first round with over the 48 per cent of the vots, beating the still President Mauricio Macri, who seeked reelection.

“It’s always important to celebrate the democracy. ¡Congratulation to @alferdez and all the Argentinian people!”, said Ronen on Twitter.

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Argentinian President Macri visited the historical synagogue of Basavilbaso

AJN Agency.- Only a few days away of Rosh Hashana and with Iom Kipur coming soon, Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina participate of the meeting at the synagogue Tefila L’Moisés at Basavilbaso, Province of Entre Ríos.




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AJN Agency.- The argentinian President, Mauricio Macri, assisted to the Synagogue Tefila L’ Moisés de Basavilbaso, one of the olders of Argentina, making himself the first argentinian president in visit that synagogue.

Macri send his best wishes for the jewish new year celebration and added: «I want to thank you for reciving me here, in your home. For us it has been very important this years working with the community».

Claudio Avruj, secretary of Human Rights of Argentina discribed that the visit of Macri «Represents with out dudes a huge tribute to the jewish inmigration in the historic colonies of Entre Ríos and a deep recognition to the permanent support to the development of the local communities».

At meeting were present the Rabbi Sergio Bergman, secretary of goverment in Environment and Sustainable Development, and the Minister of Interior, Public Works and Housing of Argentina, Rogelio Frigerio, among others.

In a letter written by Avruj, he assured his pride for the president and remarked the pluralism and respect of Macri.

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