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For Whom the Bell Tolls? In Austria, For Hitler

Austrian be violating its own law against praising Hitler and Nazism. For 80 years, it owned a castle where a large bell, inscribed with praise for Hurler, has rung every hour for 80 years.
An bell inscribed with the name of Hitler and praise for him, has been rung for 80 years in a castle recently sold by the government

An bell inscribed with the name of Hitler and praise for him, has been rung for 80 years in a castle recently sold by the government

The Austrian government is trying to explain itself out of the embarrassment of having owned a castle that contains a bell with praise for Hitler, whose name is inscribed on the bell that has been rung for 80 years.

The government recently sold the castle, located in a rural farm area, and now the bell’s history has become known.

The castle and bell are located in the small village of Wolfpassing and was occupied by Soviet Red Army soldiers after the downfall of Hitler, but no one said a word about the bell’s praise of Hitler, which is a violation of Austrian law.

Beside Hitler’s name being inscribed on the bell, an inscription calls him “the unifier and Fuehrer of all Germans” who freed Austria “from the yoke of suppression by foreign elements and brought it home into the Great-German Reich.”

for good measure, there is a swastika on the bell, which Austrian officials either have overlooked for decades or simply looked away.

The village mayor claims that the local residents did not know about the bill’s inscription, a story that is a bit hard to swallow.

Now, everyone knows about following the sale of the castle, which could implicate the government for spreading Nazi ideology.

Economics Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner said that the government did know about the bell when it sold the castle not aware of the inscription, and the new owner has not said what he plans to do with the bell.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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5 Responses to “For Whom the Bell Tolls? In Austria, For Hitler”

  1. melt the bell and recast it into something useful.

  2. every austrian goy was a member of the nazi party. no matter how rural or dumb or crazy they signed on to hitler. and, of course in the cities, the austrians were throwing flowers at the nazis. just a bunch of pukes.

  3. Josie Em says:

    Saying that every single Austrian thought a certain way is a dangerous way of thinking – much the same as people who think all Jews are the same. Although the Austrians as a group were overwhelmingly in favour of Hitler, writing off every single individual, who you did not know personally, is the same kind of thinking that allows other groups to be persecuted. Be careful not to become what you hate.

  4. While the inscription on the bell is horrible, just ringing the bell is hardly what I'd call "praise". When was the last time anyone climbed up a bell tower to read an inscription? If the castle bell tower was a major tourist attraction, I'd be much more upset.

  5. Roy Neal Grissom says:

    I don't see how mere passive ownership of a bell constitutes "spreading Nazism" or "praising Hitler [mach shemo!]." But I don't know the intricacies of Austrian law.

    I wish more emphasis were put on dissemination of Torah and on Noachide outreach than merely reacting to Nazism. As someone said recently, "there is no mitzvah in the Torah to combat anti-Semitism."

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