Monday, May 11, 2009
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.