Heinz-Christian Strache and Nazi Salute

Heinz-Christian Strache and Nazi Salute

Heinz-Christian Strache, who by education is a dental technician, has been active in local politics in Vienna since 1991. Snapshots taken from a video in the late 80s were published in January 2007 showing a uniformed Strache participating in paramilitary training activities. Other people on the pictures were claimed to be known neo-nazis. Strache has denied that, claiming the pictures are of him playing Gotcha. At the end of January, further pictures were published, showing Strache performing a Nazi salute (the Kühnen salute). Strache denied the allegations prior to publication of the pictures. After publication, Strache argued that the picture showed him ordering three beers and was not a Nazi salute.

Galina Toktalieva

Kyrgyzstan-born author residing in Graz, Austria

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2 Responses

  1. Turther says:

    Oh, my God!

    Swiss Guard performs Kuhnen salute, too; we’ve got to do something about it! 😮

    Seriously, though, the alleged “Kuhnene salute” is a ruse put up by anti-Serb nationalists since he’s some kind of Serb supporter or something…

    Anyways, three finger salute is derived from a three finger oath and has more to do with the universally recognized Christian symbol of the Holy Trinity than anything else.

  2. Harry B.P. Jaeger says:

    es ist human, dass sie ihm in den koffer tritt

    lg Harry