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This story is already over a week old, but I just heard about it and it’s disguting. I’d like to say it’s shocking but unfortunately given the state of the world right now, it isn’t.

The Baltimore Jewish News reports:

An Austrian hotel reportedly refused to accept a Jewish family as guests.

According to the daily Tiroler Tageszeitung, the owner of the Haus Sonnenhof apartment hotel in the village of Serfaus in the Austrian Tyrol told a Viennese Jewish family it did not take Jewish guests, citing “bad experiences” in the past.

The Serfaus region has become so popular with Orthodox Jewish vacationers in recent years that some local hotels have koshered their kitchens and provide timed lights and other accessories for Shabbat observance.

Local officials branded the refusal as “unacceptable.” The incident shocked the local tourist industry and made headlines around the world.

Also this month in Austria, Holocaust survivors attending a memorial service at the Ebensee Concentration Camp were attacked by Neo-Nazis screaming ‘Heil Hitler’.

An Austrian Jewish Leader comments on these recent events in an interview featured in the Austrian daily ‘Die Presse’. He paints a picture that things aren’t as bad as they seem, at least not yet. I hope he’s right.

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