VIENNA – The Austrian city of Graz has decided to rename a square that bore the name of a poet close to the Nazis and more changes are expected after an eight-year battle in the local council.Heinrich-Lersch-Platz will now be named after anti-Nazi activist Helene Serfecz, who was hanged in 1943, a city spokeswoman said on Monday.Austria has generally been more reluctant than neighbor Germany to address the country’s Nazi legacy but in recent years there has been a greater willingness to tackle the issue which remains sensitive to this day. Graz city councilers voted for the name-change last week, overcoming opposition from the far-right Freedom Party which defended Lersch and said he was not a Nazi sympathizer. Green Party officials led the push for renaming the square and said they would seek more changes. In a statement they said the new name was “in honor of a resistance fighter”. Some have argued that street names should not be changed because they serve as an important historical reminder. As German troops began to cross the border, Austrian Nazis took power in 1938 and started purging foes. They destroyed the vibrant Jewish community which had produced some of the country’s great artists and intellectuals. There is a long-standing public debate in Austria about the extent to which local people were victims or accomplices of Nazism. Many Austrians now agree that some were also complicit in the Nazi machinery of war. One example was former Austrian President Kurt Waldheim who admitted concealing his service with Adolf Hitler’s army in the Balkans, but denied knowing at the time about Nazi war crimes.A poll in 2008 on the 70-year-anniversary of Hitler’s takeover showed 60 per cent of Austrians were weary of talk about the Nazi past and wanted an end to it.