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Dr. Karl-Lueger-Ring will be renamed - official

Plans to rename a street that was named after a former mayor whose anti-semitic views inspired Hitler's hatred of the jews have now been officially approved.

The Vienna city council subcommittee for naming of traffic areas officially authorised the plan to change the name of the Dr. Karl-Lueger-Ring two Universitaetsring (University Ring) after backing from the social Democrats and the Greens.

The street signs will now be changed in autumn.

The move was opposed by the Freedom party and the conservative People's party. The new road is named after the university that is located on that section of the avenue circling the inner city.

Those who opposed the plan  say that despite his anti-Semitism Lueger, who was mayor for 13 years from 1897 on, had done many good things.

As well as expanding Vienna's pipeline network supplying the city with alpine spring water, he had also established a public transport system and strengthened social welfare services.

But he also 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.

Lueger nonetheless had Jewish friends and once famously declared, "I decide who is a Jew." His views were shared by many Austrians at a time when anti-Semitism was widespread across much of Europe and before it became associated with the Holocaust.

Vienna Counsellor for Culture Andreas Mailath-Pokorny of the governing Social Democrat-Greens coalition announced the name change last month, saying the city "should not act as if there were no dark spots" in its history. At the same time, he said, statues and other reminders of Lueger's tenure spread throughout the city will remain standing.

In his comments Thursday, Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache invoked a decision by Vienna's Social Democratic government four years ago to erect a bust of Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara in a city park.

"The socialists set up a memorial for a foreign mass murderer like Che Guevara, but an excellent Viennese mayor is stripped of a street name," said  Strache. "This is a scandal!" His party is Austria's second-strongest political force.

However, Oskar Deutsch, who represents Vienna's Jewish community, praised the action. In an allusion to the Freedom Party, he said the name change should "also serve as a warning on our present politicians who frivolously and reprehensibly use anti-Semitic, racially motivated and xenophobic slogans."

Austria has moved from its postwar portrayal of being Nazi Germany's first victim to acknowledging that it was Hitler's willing partner.

The centrist People's Party — which governs together with the Social Democrats nationally — also took Vienna's Social Democrats to task.

While agreeing that Lueger's heritage needed to be looked at critically, People's Party chief Manfred Juraczka said the municipal's coalition government did not have the moral authority to decide on a name change after commemorating "the mass-murderer Che Guevara" with a bust.

Greens official Alexander Van der Bellen described Lueger as a "great communal politician" whose image was nonetheless besmirched with "his expressions of anti-Semitism."

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