Name of Anti-Semite Removed from Vienna Road

July 4, 2012  

Austrian officials have removed the name of a notoriously anti-Semitic former mayor from a street, formally renaming a section of Vienna’s posh ring road Universitaetsring, The Associated Press reported.

City Councilor Andreas Mailath Pokorny switched the first street sign Wednesday. What was called Dr. Karl-Lueger-Ring has now been renamed after the city’s main university.

Lueger, who was mayor from 1897 to 1910, openly espoused anti-Semitic sentiments. Adolf Hitler, who lived in Vienna for part of Lueger’s tenure, saw him as an inspiration for his hatred of Jews.

Luegar is also credited with expanding Vienna’s pipeline network supplying the city with alpine spring water, establishing a public transport system and strengthening social welfare services.

Mailath Pokorny acknowledged Lueger’s achievements but noted that he was one of the era’s main fomenters of “populist anti-Semitism.”

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