“It is noticeable that the SPÖ does not look so closely at the anti-Semitic past of its own party members,” criticized the ÖVP member of the state parliament Caroline Hungerländer to the eXXpress the announcement by SPÖ cultural councilor Kaup-Hasler that the graffiti smeared on the Lueger-Memorial will remain. “Where is the artistic disfigurement of the places of remembrance of Renner, Tandler, Reumann? This one-sided blindness makes the efforts of the city highly untrustworthy, ”said the politician. “This is not about processing, but about the targeted destruction of bourgeois town history.”
“That one in connection with that Lueger-The monument is now taking the path of artistic contextualization is definitely to be welcomed. A rejection of any form of “Cancel Culture” was of enormous importance to us in order to guarantee the necessary objective consideration ”, emphasized ÖVP Landtag President Manfred Juraczka and ÖVP District Chairman Markus Figl.
Karl Lueger was a meritorious mayor of Vienna, has modernized the city over large areas and laid the foundation for further development in the 20th century. The anti-Semitic rhetoric Luegers is in any case clearly to be rejected and condemned. “Karl Luegers Personality deserves a differentiated view. Historical commemoration, as it is for us in Lueger-Monument encountered is the deserving mayor and the social advances of his time and not the politician who made use of political anti-Semitism ”, continues Figl, who points out that in 2016 he and the then City Councilor for Culture Andreas Mailath-Pokorny had an additional board, whose text was written by the Inner City Culture Commission together with Oliver Rathkolb, unveiled at the monument.
“In the course of the artistic contextualization that is now to be undertaken, above all the respectful handling must be in the foreground. In any case, what must not happen is a dishonor for the monument. The credible examination of monuments of ambivalent historical personalities, which must always be viewed in the context of the respective time, must take place without any party-political bias. The mayor and the City Councilor for Culture must ensure that this is the case ”, concluded Juraczka.