The World: The Chancellor Stumbles at the Hurdle

Though born a Jew in Vienna 62 years ago, throughout most of his life urbane Bruno Kreisky has sought to sunder all links to Judaism. At an early age he declared himself an agnostic. His wife is a Protestant, and he had his two children baptized as Protestants. He bristles when he is referred to as a Jew, preferring to be called "of Jewish origin."

Yet as a politician in race-and-religion-conscious Central Europe, Kreisky could hardly avoid being regarded as a Jew. During his successful campaign for Chancellor three years ago, the rightist People's Party printed anti-Kreisky posters urging the electorate...

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