Austrian party leader wrote foreword to book he didn't read

Posted October 12

— The head of Austria's right-wing party says he did not read a book warning that foreigners will destroy the country and endorsing archaic gender roles before he agreed to write the foreword.

Freedom Party chief Heinz-Christian Strache distanced himself from the book, "For a Free Austria," on Wednesday. Strache told the Kurier newspaper that not knowing the book's contents "was surely a mistake."

"For a Free Austria" warns that immigration will result in a "violent process of displacement in which we invite those after our scalps to accomplish this from the inside like a wasp larva that slowly devours the grub."

It says men yearn for women whose "brood-care instinct exceeds imposed ambitions of self-realization."

Freedom Party presidential candidate Norbert Hofer says he thinks the book is "overall in order."

This story corrects typos in the first paragraph


Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all