According to Ö1, however, serious allegations of bullying are said to have been made against the director. If the director stayed on, it would be “a catastrophe for the house and for us,” employees said in their complaint. At the HGM, Ortner “consciously created a climate of fear, threats and conflicts” in which employees were “repeatedly verbally threatened”. Ortner rejects the accusation against the broadcaster as “really absurd”, and according to the article the ministry confirms that the complaint has been received, which is “examined by the responsible authorities”.
In recent years there have been numerous critical voices about the way the museum deals with Austria’s military past and allegations of openness to right-wing extremism. After a critical report by the Court of Auditors, several evaluation commissions were commissioned in 2020 to evaluate the shop, the room on history 1918-1945 and the entire building.
Two years ago, the Ministry of Defense announced a comprehensive reform of the HGM, including the re-tendering of the directorate. Director M. Christian Ortner has remained in office ever since, although his contract had long expired.