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  Austria delegate utters Nazi-era greeting ["Heil"]
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Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  May 07, 2006 08:22pm
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MediaNewspaper - New Orleans Times-Picayune
News DateMonday, May 8, 2006 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionVIENNA, Austria (AP) — A delegate on the outer fringes of Austria's far-right party on Sunday took his leave from the party's convention with "heil" — the greeting associated with Adolf Hitler. The head of the party said he saw nothing wrong with the word.

"I'd like to end my short address with a greeting that really is our old greeting ... I greet all of you with a heartfelt 'heil,'" Walter Sucher told a meeting of the Vienna chapter of the FPO party. He received strong applause and shouts of approval.

While "heil" still is sometimes used by clubs or sports gatherings — as in "hunter's heil," or "skier's heil," it is usually avoided — particularly used alone — because it is most commonly associated with "Heil Hitler," the greeting demanded by the Nazi leader.

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