The excellent blossom with a terrible past

It looks basic – a quite blue cornflower – yet this plant is bringing about contention in Austria. It’s the picked bloom of the far-right Freedom Party, despite the fact that it was once connected with the Nazis.

Calorie counter Dorner takes a long taste of his Gemischtes, a blend of dull brew and ale, and grins.

We are sitting in a motel in Untersiebenbrunn, a little town east of Vienna, where he is a councilor for the far-right Freedom Party. Over a dinner of frankfurter, chips and privately developed white asparagus, he lets me know around an arranged move.

In genuine Austrian mold, it’s to be a ball – the neighborhood Freedom gathering’s first Cornflower Ball, Der Kornblumenball.

“We’ve never hosted a Freedom Get-together Ball in Untersiebenbrunn before,” he clarifies. “So we said to ourselves, how about we accomplish something, we should have a great time. The band will play move music. My most loved is the moderate waltz.”

The ball was organized last September, however the planning is fitting, in light of the fact that nowadays the Freedom Party in Untersiebenbrunn has a great deal to celebrate. In the first round of voting in Austria’s presidential race in April, 53% of individuals here voted in favor of the Freedom Party applicant, Norbert Hofer.

Dabbed through the town’s verdant avenues are the blue Freedom Party battle bulletins and blurbs for the Kornblumenball, including an outline of a moving couple in night dress.

“Hasn’t there been some debate about the blue cornflower?” I inquire. “Something to do with the Nazis?” Dieter shakes his head. “The cornflower is basically the Freedom Party blossom and we like it,” he says.

“To talk about what happened 80 years prior, or what didn’t happen or maybe happened doesn’t present us. There is unquestionably nothing purposely frightful about it.”