The main thing here is that he wasn’t aware of it, he was shocked by it and that he rejects it outright, freezing his membership in the fraternity and stated that the FPÖ is emphatically against antisemitism and hatred of foreigners.
What I want to focus on however, is the moniker of far-right used in this article, and the quotation marks placed around ”shocked” in the body of the article.
Austria far-right candidate under pressure over Nazi songbook
According to the Falter weekly, Udo Landbauer of the Freedom Party (FPÖ), which is in the national governing coalition, is deputy chair of a student fraternity behind a songbook containing the texts.
The left-leaning magazine reported the lyrics of one song reads: “In their midst comes the Jew Ben Gurion: ‘Step on the gas, old Germanics, we can make it to seven million’.”
Six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust during World War II, many of them in gas chambers in Nazi death camps. David Ben-Gurion was the first prime minister of Israel.
Other songs pay tribute to the Condor Legion, the Nazi unit responsible for the bombing of Guernica in the Spanish Civil War, as well as paratroopers behind atrocities in Crete in World War II, Falter added.
The allegations came ahead of an election in Lower Austria on Sunday. Opinion polls predict strong gains for the FPÖ, putting them in third place — as in national elections last October — on between 16 and 21 percent.
Landbauer said he was “shocked” by the texts, which he said he had only become aware of on Tuesday, and that he was freezing his membership of the fraternity.
“When this book was printed (in 1997) I was 11 years old,” he said in a statement, adding that “neither I or the FPÖ have anything to do with anti-Semitism, xenophobia or totalitarianism”.