Austria's Der Standard praises a court decision to hand down a suspended one-year prison term to a former politician for playing down the Holocaust.
The paper argues that these two remarks are "cynical and humiliating and show contempt for the Verbotsgesetz", Austria's Holocaust denial law.
"He has rightly been convicted for this," it says.
The paper adds, however, that comparisons with Holocaust denier David Irving, who was jailed for three years by an Austrian court in February, are not warranted.
It feels that while David Irving has caused "great ideological damage", John Gudenus is more of a marginal figure who has "learned absolutely nothing from history".
Austria's Die Presse agrees that the two cases are different.
The paper observes that David Irving has written books and "is admired as an icon" in neo-Nazi circles.
John Gudenus, on the other hand, is regarded as an "eccentric", it adds.
The paper believes that, as a result, the jurors did not take him seriously, and "this helped Gudenus in court".
Published: 2006/04/27 03:09:12 GMT
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