Gee, what would YOU call it?

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The owner of an Austrian gasthouse refused a booking by a family because they are Jewish.  

The mayor of Serfaus, Georg Mangott, defended Monz’s right to refuse guests, and said the incident should not be interpreted as antisemitic.


  1. WildKat said,

    16 May 2009 at 16:59

    I have a hard time believing this is not antisemitic. She said she refused them because they were Jewish and she had trouble with Jewish guests in the past. Are we suppose to believe she didn’t have problems with any other group of guests in the past?

    If you quit accepting guests of a particular race/religion/disability/sex because someone that fit into any of these groups gave you trouble int he past then you are in the wrong business if you run a hotel! Or any other business for that matter.

  2. Kathleen said,

    14 May 2009 at 11:48

    We have gotten to such a point that words like “antisemitic” just aren’t allowed anymore..even though the action behind them still exists. I’m sure that there will be someone who will say “No! of course he wasn’t antisemitic-he was just feeling “religiously challanged”

  3. 13 May 2009 at 13:00

    Urgh. Their letter seems very clear to me. If it’s not antisemitic to write a letter like that then I don’t know the meaning of the word antisemitic.

    It’s sad, though, that the family now seems to have sworn off the whole town because of this one awful hotel (and, okay, the mayor was not exactly impressive either in defending them). It sounds like at least some of the other hotels there would have been quite happy to have them as guests. From a business/image perspective, some of those other hotels could have gone a long way to counteract the negative impression cast upon their town by stepping forward with offers of free luxury suites along with coupons for local dining or something.

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