Bruno Kreisky
Simon Wiesenthal
Fred Sinowatz

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Friedrich Peter

Knowledge Identifier: +Friedrich_Peter


Friedrich Peter

Austrian politician who served as the chairman of the Freedom Party of Austria from 1958 to 1978 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1921.

Countries: Austria (67%), Germany (22%), (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Bruno Kreisky, Simon Wiesenthal, Gestapo

Linked to: Austrian People's Party, Freedom Party of Austria, Social Democratic Party of Austria, Gestapo




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Friedrich Peter was born in 1921 add something


Born as the son of a social democratic engine driver and a master baker's daughter, Peter joined the NSDAP in 1938 and volunteered for the Waffen-SS at the age of barely 17 add something


This unit was part of the Einsatzgruppen which systematically shot hundreds of thousands of Jews behind the front during the summer of 1941 add something


From 1955 to 1966, Peter served as a deputy in the Upper Austrian Landtag, first as a representative of the Verband der Unabhängigen, later of the Freedom Party , whose chairman he became in 1958 add something


Freedom Party of Austria - Reinthaller was replaced as leader in 1958 by Friedrich Peter , who led the party through the 1960s and 1970s and moved it towards the political centre


At the party convention of 1964, Peter declared that "nationalists and liberals together have a place in the FPÖ add something


In 1966, he was elected into the Austrian Nationalrat and became the leader of his party's delegation in 1970 add something


Even though the FPÖ had declared during the election campaign that there would not be a "red chancellor", it supported Bruno Kreisky's minority government after the 1970 elections add something


Simon Wiesenthal, at that time head of the Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna , published a report on Friedrich Peter's Nazi past after the 1975 elections add something


Simon Wiesenthal - In 1975, after Wiesenthal had released a report on FPÖ party chairman Friedrich Peter's Nazi past, Chancellor Bruno Kreisky suggested Wiesenthal was part of a "certain mafia" seeking to besmirch Austria and even claimed Wiesenthal had collaborated with Nazis and the Gestapo to survive


In 1978, Peter stepped down as party chairman to be succeeded by the mayor of Graz, Alexander Götz add something


After the SPÖ had lost its majority in 1983, he negotiated a coalition between SPÖ and FPÖ with Bruno Kreisky, which took office under the leadership of Chancellor Fred Sinowatz and vice chancellor Norbert Steger add something


The final split came in 1992 after Haider made a public comment on the "Third Reich's proper employment policies" add something

Friedrich Peter died in 2005 add something


Friedrich Peter died on 25 September 2005 in Vienna 's "Hanuschkrankenhaus" hospital, where he had been treated for kidney disease for several weeks add something