Erich Feigl

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Erich Feigl
Born 1931
Vienna, Austria
Died January 27, 2007
Nationality  Austria
Occupation Film producer and author

Erich Feigl (1931 – January 27, 2007) was an Austrian documentary film producer and author. He produced almost 60 documentaries, mostly for the Austrian ORF but some for BR (Bavarian), ZDF (German) and TRT (Turkish Radio Television) in co-production. He authored books about the Habsburgs, whose restoration he supported, and the historical fact of the Armenian Genocide, which he denied until his death.[1]


Erich Feigl was born in Vienna, Austria. He began writing while still a student, but soon switched over to documentary film-making, continuing his career at Austrian State Television (ORF).[2] He toured the Middle and Near East and Western Asia extensively and produced many documentaries about these places and their cultures and religions ("Journey to the Early Christian World", "Men and Myths"). He worked with the Dalai Lama on various projects ("Bardo", "Rebirth").

Feigl became interested in Turkic cultures and history, especially ("Kanuni Sultan").[citation needed] After 1984 he began writing about the Armenian Genocide, and he subsequently also focused his attention on Kurdish issues and the PKK guerrilla organization,[3] which resulted in his book published under the title Die Kurden in 1995. He was one of the first authors and commentators to investigate this topic in a contemporary context. He also wrote about the history of the Habsburgs ("Kaiser Karl", "Kaiserin Zita").

Feigl was a long-time monarchist activist, and in 2006 was awarded honorary membership of the Black-Yellow Alliance, which favors the return of the House of Habsburg to power.[4] Described by Der Spiegel as a "fervent admirer" of Empress Zita, he was part of the monarchist committee which organized her funeral in 1989.[5]

Feigl received the Medal for the Progress of the Republic of Azerbaijan and was an honorary Board member of the Congress of European Azeris.[6]

Feigl had died of kidney failure after being hospitalised for a stomach hemorrhage and was buried on February 5 at Simmering Cemetery in Vienna after a funeral at Feuerhalle Hall.[7]

A Myth of Terror[edit]

In 1986 Feigl became well known after the publication of his book A Myth of Terror: Armenian Extremism: Its Causes and Its Historical Context. In the book's introduction, Feigl writes he had written it as a response to the murder of close friend and Turkish labour attaché, Erdogan Özen, by the members of the Armenian Revolutionary Army.[3][8][9] Initially published in German, an English version was later produced. Complimentary copies of the book were distributed by Turkish organisations to US governmental officials, university libraries and individuals.[10] A short time before he died he finished his last book, called Armenian Mythomania.[11][12]

Dagmar Lorenz, professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in a book review of author Edgar Hilsenrath for the Simon Wiesenthal Center Annual, notes Feigl as a supporter of "Turkish cryptofascist anti-Armenian propaganda" and condemns A Myth of Terror as a "revisionist publication" that "abounds with misleading details". [13]

Feigl's work was also criticized by prof. Klas-Göran Karlsson for misinterpretations.[14]

Honours and awards[edit]



  • Erich Feigl (2008). Seidenstrasse durchs Feuerland : die Geschichte Aserbaidschans. Wien: Amalthea Signum. ISBN 3-85002-667-1. 
  • an illustrated exposé by Erich Feigl. (2007). Armenian Mythomania. Wien: Amalthea Signum. ISBN 3-85002-583-7. 
  • Erich Feigl. Mit einem Vorw. von Karl von Habsburg-Lothringen (2006). Gott erhalte … - Kaiser Karl : persönliche Aufzeichnungen und Dokumente. Wien: Amalthea. ISBN 3-85002-520-9. 
  • Erich Feigl. (1999). Turkey, Europe and Public Opinion: A Myth of Error. Wien: Amalthea. ISBN 3-85002-423-7. 
  • Als Österreich die Welt benannte-- : eine Ausstellung des Marchfelder Schlösservereins : Schlosshof im Marchfeld, 30. März bis 3. November 1996. Engelhartstetten: Marchfelder Schlösserverein. 1996. OCLC 40290660. 
  • Erich Feigl. (1995). Die Kurden. Geschichte und Schicksal eines Volkes. Wien: Universitas-Verlag. ISBN 3-8004-1322-1. 
  • Erich Feigl (1993). Halbmond und Kreuz : Marco d'Aviano und die Rettung Europas. Wien: Amalthea. ISBN 3-85002-326-5. 
  • Erich Feigl (1992). Otto von Habsburg. Profil eines Lebens. Wien: Amalthea. ISBN 3-85002-327-3. 
  • Erich Feigl (1991). Zita, Kaiserin und Königin. Wien: Amalthea. ISBN 3-85002-307-9. 
  • Erich Feigl. (1990). Kaiser Karl I. Ein Leben für den Frieden seiner Völker. Wien: Amalthea. ISBN 3-85002-291-9. 
  • Erich Feigl. (1989). Kaiserin Zita. Kronzeugin eines Jahrhunderts. Wien: Amalthea. ISBN 3-85002-277-3. 
  • Erich Feigl. (1987). Otto von Habsburg : Protokoll eines politischen Lebens. Wien: Amalthea. ISBN 3-85002-244-7. OCLC 242216843. 
  • Ein Mythos des Terrors. Armenischer Terrorismus, seine Ursachen und Hintergründe. Freilassing, Salzburg: Edition Zeitgeschichte. 1986. OCLC 74834465. 
    • Also published in English as: A Myth of Terror, Armenian Extremism: Its Causes and Its Historical Context, 1986.[1] OCLC 24848929
    • Translated to Turkish as Bir terör efsanesi, published by Milliyet Yayınları in 1987. OCLC 20483515
    • Translated to French as Un mythe de la terreur : l'extrémisme arménien: ses causes et ses origines; une documentation illustrée Salzburg : Druckhaus Nonntal, 1991. ISBN 3-85453-013-7
    • Pravda o terrore : armi︠a︡nskiĭ terrorizm—istoki i prichiny Baku : Azerbaĭdzhanskoe gos. izd-vo, 2000. OCLC 63146231
    • La mitomanía Armenia : el extremismo Armenio: causas y contexto histórico Freilassing ; Salzburg : Edition Zeitgeschichte, 2007. OCLC 301562113
  • Erich Feigl. (1985). Musil von Arabien. Vorkämpfer der islamischen Welt. Wien: Amalthea. ISBN 3-85002-199-8. 
  • herausgegeben von Erich Feigl. (1984). Kaiser Karl : persönliche Aufzeichnungen, Zeugnisse und Dokumente. Wien: Amalthea. ISBN 3-85002-179-3. 
  • Halbmond und Kreuz. Marco d'Aviano und die Rettung Europas. Amalthea, Wien 1983, ISBN 3-85002-326-5
  • Erich Feigl. (1982). Vorhölle zum Paradies. Wien: Zsolnay. ISBN 3-552-03400-5. OCLC 9945391. 
  • Kaiserin Zita : von Österreich nach Österreich. Wein: Amalthea. 1982. OCLC 10992388. 
    • Translated to French as Zita de Habsburg : mémoires d'un empire disparu, Paris : Criterion, 1991 OCLC 25465676
  • Erich Feigl (1977). Zita: Legende und Wahrheit. Vienna: Amalthea Verlag. p. 547. ISBN 3-85002-307-9. OCLC 8115027.  [16]
  • Der militärische und hospitalische Orden des hl. Lazarus von Jerusalem : Memento. Wien: Kanzleramt des Grosspriorates v. Österreich des Ordre militaire et hospitalier de Saint-Lazare de Jérusalem. 1974. OCLC 4858479. 


  • Reise in die frühchristliche Welt and Die Erben der frühchristlichen Welt
  • Die Weltreligionen: Buddhismus, Hinduismus, Schintoismus, Islam, Christentum
  • Ein Tropentraum
  • Der Goldschatz
  • Menschen und Mythen (Die Sikhs, die Parsen, das Bardo etc.)
  • Kaiserin Zita and Otto von Habsburg and Alois Musil (about Syria, Iraq),
  • Die Religionen des Zweistromlandes („An den Strömen des Paradieses“),
  • Wenn die Götter lieben in the Wasser ist Macht project
  • A myth of terror (about ASALA actions)
  • Die Wiedergeburt and Bardo and Buddhismus (about the Dalai Lama)


  1. ^ Feigl, Erich. A Myth of Terror : Armenian Extremism, Its Causes and Its Historical Context, page 7.
  2. ^ Short biography in A Myth of Terror.
  3. ^ a b "Türk Dostu Bilimadamı Hayatını Kaybetti" (in Turkish). January 26, 2007. 
  4. ^ Prof. Erich Feigl is dead
  5. ^ Der Spiegel, 27 March 1989, Liebe der Völker DER SPIEGEL 13/1989, p. 160
  6. ^ Эргюн Нифталиев: "Учитывая вероятность возникновения юридических проблем в связи с похоронами Эриха Файгла в Азербайджане, он будет похоронен на родине" (in Russian). 29 January 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. 
  7. ^ "Friend of Turkey Feigl to be buried on Monday". Günlük Bülten. Institute for Armenian Research (6809). 1 February 2007. 
  8. ^ June 20, 1984 - Vienna, Austria: A bomb explodes in a vehicle owned by the Assistant Labor and Social Affairs Counselor of the Turkish Embassy, Erdogan Ozen, killing Ozen and seriously injuring five Austrian nationals, including two law enforcement officers. The "Armenian Revolutionary Army" of the Justice Commandos against Armenian Genocide (JCAG) claims responsibility for the attack.
  9. ^ "He became acquainted with the events of 1915 while doing historical research, and he quickly developed an interest in the issue. Meanwhile, Turkish Attaché for Labor and Social Affairs in Vienna Erdogan Ozen, a close friend of his, was murdered by the terrorist Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) in 1984. Ozen's murder affected him so much that he investigated, researched and wrote a book on Armenian terror titled 'A Myth of Terror'."
  10. ^ Michael M. Gunter (1988). "(review of "A Myth of Terror")". Turkish Studies Association Bulletin. 13: 54–57. 
  11. ^ Feigl, Erich. (2006) Armenian Mythomania-Armenian Extremism: Its Causes and Historical Context Amalthea Signum ISBN 978-3-85002-583-6
  12. ^ Armenian Genocide Research Center
  13. ^ "The work [A Myth of Terror] follows the standard Turkish argumentation that denies the genocide. According to Feigl, the death marches into the deserts and the concentration camps of Mesopotamia were a part of a legitimate relocation program (see map inside cover). While the Armenians are denounced as terrorists who made genocidal attempts on the Turkish majority, the Moslems are portrayed as culturally superior victims (pp. 88ff.). Feigl compares the Armenians to the Nazis (pp. 78-79) and proclaims all and any Armenian documentation as forgery. Vidal-Naquet, "By Way of a Preface," p. 4, summarizes this type of argument: "There has not been a genocide of the Armenians; this genocide was fully justified; the Armenians massacred themselves; it was they who massacred the Turks." Playing on greed and materialist jealousy, Feigl includes photos of luxurious buildings to drive home the point that Armenians were prosperous and thus guilty of a world conspiracy, as is repeatedly insinuated, for instance, when Armenian-American as well as Armenian-Russian relations are slanderously exposed... He cites instances of contemporary Armenian "terrorism" out of context to justify the Turkish massacres retroactively. He goes so far as to deny the existence of an Armenian people and an Armenian identity... He dismisses scholarship contradicting his findings, suggesting that authors expressing pro-Armenian points of view do so out of fear of becoming the targets of Armenian terrorism (pp. 6 et al.)." Dagmar C. G. Lorenz (1990). "Hilsenraths Other Genocide". Simon Wiesenthal Center Annual (7): footnote 20. ISSN 0741-8450. 
  14. ^ Collective traumas: memories of war and conflict in 20th-century Europe. ed. Conny Mithander, John Sundholm, 2007, p. 30
  15. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 870. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  16. ^ Robert Rie (1983). "Book Review: Erich Feigl, ed. Kaiserin Zita—Legende und Wahrheit. Preface by Cardinal Jószef Mindszenty. Vienna: Amalthea Verlag, 1977. Pp. 547.". Austrian History Yearbook. Cambridge University Press. 19: 357–359. doi:10.1017/S006723780000165X. 

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