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Austrian Rightist’s Postmortem Outing?

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Posted on Oct 24, 2008
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German word of the day: Lebensmensch means “life partner.” Haider, right, is shown here with Stefan Petzner, who said after the married politician’s death: “He [Haider] often said to me, ‘You are my lebensmensch.’ ”

Two weeks after the death of Joerg Haider, former leader of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party, media attention has moved from Haider’s fascistic political life to his personal life, with the politician’s sexual identity undergoing a bit of a queering, much to the surprise of his ultranationalistic supporters. Haider was a 58-year-old married father of two.


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In life, Austria’s best known far-right politician, Joerg Haider, was a media staple. In death, interest in him has skyrocketed again, thanks to the revelation that he may have been gay or bisexual.

Haider was killed in a high-speed car accident on October 11. Since then, Europe’s newspapers, especially those in Germany, have published stories and photographs of the leader surrounded by young men in what the newspapers call gay bars. “Was Haider Living a Double Life?” the mass market German daily Bild blared this week. A later story showed photographs of Haider’s deputy Stefan Petzner in low cut jeans and a dolphin tattooed on his hip.

Even the otherwise circumspect Austrian media is broaching the topic. Newspapers there have published pictures of Haider, who was 58, partying with groups of young men, including shots from the night of his death. “Everybody knew about his sexual orientation,” Thomas Hofer, a former magazine editor who is now an independent political consultant in Vienna, says. “But there was a consensus in the Austrian media not to write about it.”

No Austrian newspaper has openly declared Haider gay so far. But the revelations of the past two weeks are far more specific than in the past. “The Austrian press has already gone well beyond where they’d been up to now,” says Hofer. “It’s a crucial period for the media here.”

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By jackpine savage, October 26, 2008 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment

Doc Reality,

And? The link simply states that his wife thinks there is more to the story. Volkswagon says that the car was not to blame, more pointedly, they say that the car’s physics are capable of handling the road he was driving at the speed he was driving it. The lack of skidmarks is currently being blamed on Haider having passed out, the VW techs say nothing about the operational condition of the brake system. The police say that he was drunk. Petzner calls Haider, “the man of my life”.

So are you suggesting that an agent of the international banking cartel got old Jorg really drunk and put him behind the wheel of a car?

I love a good conspiracy as much as the next person, but you’ve gotta give us something more to go on. How about links of Haider speaking out against central banking for starters…

Other than that, i can say as one who’s driven Austria’s roads that they’re no place for a very drunk driver…gay or straight.

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By michael roloff, October 26, 2008 at 6:38 am Link to this comment
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Doc Reality,if you are for real, you’re a paranoid-schizophrenic. There are [1] accidents [2] conspiracies and [3] individual assassins.
Look at the photo of Haider’s vehicle: a very high impact produces that kind of wreck. It appears Haider and his boyfriend had a quarrel, Haider drank a great deal of vodka in a very short time, look at the blood alcohol level: 1.8! If you see conspiracies elsewhere in your life, as you appear to: make an appointment with a therapist, preferably a trained psycho-analyst and discuss your problem with him or her.

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By Aaron, October 26, 2008 at 5:21 am Link to this comment
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I live in Berlin, and when this happened everyone told me that Austria is become more and more nationalistic, racist, fascist, and leading towards Nazism.  They’re very worried here in Europe.

Jörg Haider said many things in support of Nazis and the Holocaust.  Right wing parts such as the BZÖ and FPÖ which he belonged to or headed are also gaining large percentages of the vote in Austria.

Very scary stuff…

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By michae roloff, October 25, 2008 at 5:30 pm Link to this comment
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its SA [Sturm Abteilung = Storm Troopers] contingent had for its leader one of Hitler’s closest friends,
Colonel Röhm who was assassinated as were a number of other homosexual SA leaders during the “Night of the Long Knives” in 1934, when Hitler consolidated his power by eliminating all kinds of opposition figures and competitors, 300 or more. All these older SA men were veterans of WW I, and ultra nationalist patriots. Röhm was one of the very few people with whom Hitler was on the second person singular “du/ though” level of intimacy, and he sorrowed for the loss of his friend!

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By DocReality, October 25, 2008 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment

So hes gay, it’s a red herring. Who was assassinated for going against the global banking cartels? Lincoln, Kennedy, many others of whom I would need time to reach back on, pre 1913 until present (US history).
It’s there, if I had the time I would list them all.
He was driving a very sophisticated VW with advanced electronics, very easy to hack. The VW technicians investigating the car found the whole incident strange.I didn’t know the man personally so whats the point.
This guy made the establishment very uneasy and when you make the establishment uneasy, very bad things always happen. So whos to say the media is giving you and accurate story?

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By Purple Girl, October 25, 2008 at 7:42 am Link to this comment

Having lived outside SF and visited it often I have some perspective on Who actually causes more social problems in regards to Homosexuality. It’s the ‘Straight’ guys-Kinda the same problem the military has with Sexual assaults too- it’s not the Gays that pose a Sexual Threat, it’s the Heteros raping & killing the females. But I digress.
I’ve walked in the ‘Wrong’ area of golden Gate park..Guys coming out of the Woods. but they would not have been there unless they had ‘clients’- Just like female Hookers.
I’ve been to gay bars…Not one problem regardless the patrons gender.Except Once…While Drinking White Russians at the Iron Horse across from the City building during one of my jaunts ‘to the City’ a guy came in (at that point it had been Me & the Bartender-$2.50 for a Good White Russian made to order- Fabulous). He asked my if I knew where Church st was, I said Not really. He asked if I lived in the city, I said No.Then he asked me if I wanted a Tour, I said No.That’s when my very excellent bartender broke in and told him flat out ‘this is not your kind of Bar,leave’ and the guy left. That Gay man probably saved my life- if I had been so naive to have left with him. the bartender told me to keep an eye out when I left and come back if I see him. Have NO doubt I was very ‘sober’ as I left.
Yet I have gone to the Gay Holloween party on the Castro a few times and have had really no problems (once i was dressed very Goth/Punk, I also have a Lauren Bacall voice. this young guy grabs my crotch as I am walking by….He was as Surprised as I was,the Look on his face,priceless..I think he was expecting a different ‘package’-  Not creepy or scary, Just hyterical!)
So for that reason I always wonder why we are discussing Gay behavior and never mentioning the real public nuances the Johns for either gender of prostitutes.
Craig and a few other Republican have proven they present the real problem “Oh what a tangled Web we weave ..”
But what is far worse is their Political actions which caues this forced quest for ‘anonymity’ of Public areas- Public bathrooms, parks, Alleys.Surely it’s not purely a exhibitionist fetish which sends them to these not so seclude places.Shame & Self Loathing leads them there.
Thou Protest too much!
In fact they are supporting and Condoning these Problems, Which is a matter of Public Interest.
So Craig not only put himself in that position, he has caused Other men to be there too.
So Get over the Gay Bashing and Address the Real Problem, and finally legalize prostitution so we can get it out of the Village Square and the Airport, mall, rest stop Bathrooms.
Perhaps if they stop condeming Homosexuality, Fewer would Try to ‘Hide in Plain View’. I’d like to feel confident that I can send an 8 yr old boy into the men’s bathroom without being concerned about an adhoc Sex lesson, or being Molested! Pedophilia is Rape, and that is an act of violence and domination..not a sexually ‘oriented’ Drive.

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By nrobi, October 25, 2008 at 5:53 am Link to this comment

Re: DocReality, how is it that you know for a certainty that Joerg Haider was not who the German papers say that he was? Are you personally known to this man and how is it that many who have spoken out against Central Banks, have not been assassinated also? 
Why is it that this one man, Joerg Haider, populist though he was, was assassinated for his speeches against the Central Banks of Europe?
My you do have a lot of information regarding the personal life of someone who lives in another country.
The only reason I question you is this, you state for a certainty that the “gay thing was a ruse,” how is it that you know this?  Were you personally acquainted with Joerg Haider? Were you part of his inner circle, the people who surrounded him on a daily basis? If so, please give proof of your relationship with him, and provide concrete evidence that he was assassinated for the reasons that you state.
This is all the better to judge the veracity of your comments and provide an alternative answer for Herr Haider’s sudden demise.

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By NoOne, October 25, 2008 at 4:41 am Link to this comment
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*snicker* Sure, DocReality. Sure.

Here in Germany, it was an open secret that Haider wasn’t as straight as he claimed to be. And that wasn’t only about his sexual preferences, but also about his political views.

Still, both we Germans and our Austrian neighbours consider private matters ... well, private. Nobody cares how often politicians marry, how many mistresses (or misters) they have, whether they dye their hair or whatever.

We have openly homosexual politicians, too, but nobody reports about whom they go with, just as nobody reports about whome straight politicians go with.

The only time it interests us is when someone acts homophobic. Like Haider did.

And the times when someone tried to make a noise about private lives (such as a politician having a child with his mistress), it backfired badly.

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By DocReality, October 24, 2008 at 8:35 pm Link to this comment

The gay thing is a ruse. Haider was assassinated. His popular election was assured until he started speaking out against the Central Banking system.

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