‘No Jews’ Policy Employed at Austria Hotel

Monday, May 11, 2009

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Every once in a while, a story comes along that leaves me speechless. This happens to be one of them. What is it with Austria and anti-semitism? I guess some habits are just too hard to break.

A hotel in the Austrian region of Tyrol that said it does not accept Jewish guests has caused shock in the local media and tourism industry, the daily Tiroler Tageszeitung reported Sunday.

A Vienna family of seven had had tried to make a reservation at the Haus Sonnenhof apartment hotel in the village of Serfaus, but the owner replied by e-mail that although the room was free, she did not want to take in Jewish guests because of “bad experiences” in the past.

The region around Serfaus has become popular among orthodox Jewish tourists in recent years.

No word if Irmgard Monz, the owner of the Haus Sonnenhof hotel, accepts blacks, gays and the disabled as guests.

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6 Responses to ‘No Jews’ Policy Employed at Austria Hotel

  1. feminazi says:

    While not common, the practice of discriminating against Jews still takes place in the backwaters of Austria and Bavaria. The roots of anti-semitism are alive and well in many parts of rural Europe just as they are in America’s rural south. These people are not well educated and even less informed. Let’s also remember that Austrian embraced the controversial far-right leader Jörg Haider, who expoused views similar to this hotel owner. As you say, some beliefs never die.

  2. Dmitris says:

    Why does the all-powerful European Union allow this sort of practice? If they can rightfully outlaw hate speech, surely they can pull the license of this hotel owner. Brussels needs to temp this down in a hot Tel Aviv minute.

  3. Estacada says:

    In order to be a member of the EU, you must agree to abide by the laws and by-laws of the constitution.

    Nations like the UK, Spain, France, Germany and the Scandinavian countries are more socially liberal but Poland is more conservative. None the less, Poland had to adopt anti-discrimination laws intended to protect LGBT Europeans. So goes the price of membership.

    That said, I have to wonder why Austria is allowed to practice discrimination against Jews? I thought after their experiences with WWII fascism, laws were passed to make such a thing illegal?

  4. JollyRoger says:

    Sieg Heil! If the owners ever gets tired of the Austrian winters, there’s a place for the Monzes in Alabama.

  5. libhomo says:

    Hitler’s homeland hasn’t changed as much as we would like to think it has.

  6. I think we can’t blame European union for this matter.

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