Monday, 18 April 2016

Elfriede Jelinek is an "Austrian" writer who hates Austria. Asked in 2003 what gave her the force to write, she replied: "It's really a tormenting, pure hatred of this country."

She's written a play about refugees (Die Schutzbefohlenen" [The Wards]) that is being performed at various places in Austria by refugees. The Generation Identity movement disrupted one of these performances recently. They unfold a banner reading Heuchler [Hypocrites]. The audience shout "Nazis raus!" [Nazis out!]
Elfriede Jelinek was born on 20 October 1946 in Mürzzuschlag, Styria, Austria, the daughter of Olga Ilona (née Buchner), a personnel director, and Friedrich Jelinek.[1] She was raised in Vienna by her Romanian-German Catholic mother and Czech Jewish father (whose surname "Jelinek" means "little deer" in Czech). 
Her father was a chemist, who managed to avoid persecution during the Second World War by working in strategically important industrial production. However, many relatives became victims of the Holocaust. 
... Jelinek was a member of Austria's Communist Party from 1974 to 1991. She became a household name during the 1990s due to her vociferous clash with Jörg Haider's Freedom Party. Following the 1999 National Council elections and the subsequent formation of a coalition cabinet consisting of the Freedom Party and the Austrian People's Party, Jelinek became one of the new cabinet's most vocal critics. 
... Jelinek petitioned for the release of Jack Unterweger, who was imprisoned for the murder of a prostitute, and who was regarded by intellectuals and politicians as an example of successful rehabilitation. Unterweger was later found guilty of murdering nine more women within two years of his release, and committed suicide after his arrest.
Unterweger was released on 23 May 1990, after the required minimum fifteen years of his life term. Upon his release, his autobiography Fegefeuer oder die Reise ins Zuchthaus was taught in schools and his stories for children were performed on the radio. Unterweger himself hosted television programs which discussed criminal rehabilitation, and he reported as a journalist for the state broadcaster ORF (Austria's equivalent of the BBC), including reporting stories concerning the very murders for which he was later found guilty.



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