Vienna to erect terror attack memorial

The City of Vienna has begun the planning process to erect an official memorial commemorating the victims of the terrorist attack in November.

Vienna to erect terror attack memorial

Since the attack took place on November 2nd, a number of people have returned to the individual crime scenes to lay wreaths and flowers and light candles to commemorate the victims. 

Austrian newspaper Der Standard reported on Monday that Vienna authorities are planning to erect a memorial to the victims of the attack. 

The Mayor of Vienna Michael Ludwig (SPÖ) told the newspaper that talks had begun on how the attack could best be remembered. 

The four people who were killed in the attack “will be at the centre” of any memorial plans, reports Der Standard. 

ANALYSIS: Vienna terror attack was 'only a matter of time' 

Representatives from Vienna’s Jewish community have welcomed the moves. The attack began near a synagogue in downtown Vienna. 



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Austrian Josef Fritzl to be released to ‘normal prison’

Josef Fritzl, was imprisoned in 2009 for the rape and unlawful detention of his daughter in the Austrian village of Amstetten, has been released from psychiatric detention on Wednesday and is set to serve in a standard prison. Fritzl is eligible for early release in 2023.

Austrian Josef Fritzl to be released to ‘normal prison’

When making the decision, the Krems Regional Court held that Fritzl no longer posed any danger and could therefore be kept in a standard jail. 

Fritzl, who changed his name to Mayrhoff while in prison, was jailed in 2009 for several crimes including the unlawful imprisonment and rape of his daughter Elizabeth, who bore him seven children in a specially built soundproof basement. 

One of the children, a boy, died shortly after birth in 1996, upon which Fritzl burnt his body. 

Court spokesman Ferdinand Schuster told Austrian media on Wednesday that the decision was subject to an appeal to the Higher Regional Court (OLG) in Vienna. 

Fritzl’s release into the mainstream prison system was decided upon by a three-judge panel under a probation period of ten years. 

The panel made its decision based on a mental health assessment produced in March. 

Fritzl stood trial in 2008 for the crimes, having been deemed sane and therefore faced mainstream charges. 

Fritzl is eligible for release as early as 2023 after receiving a life sentence. 

Austrian media pointed out on Wednesday that a 2023 release would see him serve nine years less than his daughter Elizabeth spent in Josef’s basement dungeon.