Sunday, 20. April 2014
27. 03. 08. - 10:30
Controversial Swiss assisted suicide group Dignitas’s latest method to help
people kill themselves has been compared to Nazi extermination by Swiss
Urs Stoffel, chairman of the Zurich doctors union, slammed Dignitas’s new method of assisted suicide where plastic bags filled with helium are placed over client's heads.
They eventually suffocate but videos of the deaths recorded by Dignitas have reportedly shown people trembling for minutes as they die.
Stoffel said: "If one of our members performs an assisted suicide with the helium method, he or she can expect to stand trial. Doctors who work for Dignitas may be excluded from the union.
"Bearing in mind the Nazi methods of the Third Reich when people where systematically murdered by gas, we cannot agree with what Dignitas is doing nowadays."
Ludwig A. Minelli, head of Dignitas, admitted the use of the helium filled bags could be distressing for relatives of the deceased.
He said: "It's hard for the relatives because the person is shaking when this method is used."
But he attacked public prosecutors for making news of the new method public and said he feared some suicidal people would now try and use helium-filled bags on their own to end their lives.
He said: "I regret that the public prosecutor made the helium method public."
Pink Easter bunny helps Vienna art world pay tribute to Dürer
The Viennese art world has created its own version of the Easter Bunny – by making a giant sized sculpture of the famous Albrecht Dürer painting currently on display until 29 June as part of the exhibition "Dürer, Michelangelo, Rubens"
Pressure Group To Tackle Victims Of Austrian Officialdom
A group of businessmen fed up at the way companies are being squeezed not only by red tape but also by ever newer taxes have taken to the Internet to try and build up pressure for change.
First Hotel in Millstatt Celebrates 130th Anniversary on Summer 2014
Luxury hotel See-Villa in Millstatt, Carinthia opens its doors anew to welcome the 2014 summer season and celebrates its 130th founding anniversary in Austria's summer capital.
Austrian Teen Girls Become Pin Ups For Syrian Jihad
Interpol is searching for two Austrian teenage girls who they believe have been tricked into going to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels.
As seen at Haydn Kino: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Film review by Kostyantyn Steblovskyy
Schools Ordered To Save, But Also To Buy Expensive Scales
Austria's embattled finance ministry has been dragged into a new scandal after it emerged that at the same time as demanding schools save 57 Millionen Euros, they were also expected to find an additional 3 million to buy an approved set of weighing scales.
OAP Hunts Down THIS Hit And Run Cyclist
Does anyone recognise this cyclist? If so you can get yourself 200 euros, and do a good deed in the process.
Property price rise continues
The price of property in Vienna has now spiralled so much that every 4th apartment comes with a price tag of 500,000 or more. And every second flat costs 300,000 or more.
Free Staff For One Person Companies - But Only In NÖ
Since the beginning of the year one-man-companies, the so called "Ein-Personen-Unternehmen" in Lower Austria have been entitled to help in the form of a free assistant.
What is on at Burg Kino this week? (18 April - 24 April)
This week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring the following films are showing:
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