† Günther Nenning (1921 – 2006)
It saddens me to relay something that Andrea Dusl posted yesterday evening: Günther Nenning, political activist, author, journalist, and one of the mentors of the green party in their founding phase, died last sunday in his home in Tyrolia. No matter if you belonged to those that loved or despised him, he was a brilliant, witty writer that influenced not only many journalists, but also had tangible influence on Austrian politics for quite some time.
Writing something even close to an orbituary for a man like him is no easy task. He was a political enigma, shifting constantly between political sides, but always maintaining the goals he deemed most important – ecology and feminism. He was kicked out of the socialist party after the protests in the Hainburger Au where he was one of the key figures, hosted some of the most memorable Club 2 episodes, worked for various magazines and newspapers, again spanning the gap from profil to the Kronen Zeitung, founded the Austrian journalists club, survived a personal feud with Bruno Kreisky, and wrote numerous books.
He was one of the most dazzling characters this country had, and one of the few remaining “grand old journalists”, and will be missed by friends and opponents alike.