Austria the Burden of History

Waldheim forced into a runoff

In the end, the fight for the Austrian presidency came down to a contest between Austria and the world. Four months ago, Socialist Kurt Steyrer enjoyed a narrow lead over Conservative Kurt Waldheim, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations. Then the World Jewish Congress revealed that Waldheim had concealed his service as a German army lieutenant in the Balkans between 1942 and 1945. Waldheim admitted that he had not left the army in 1941, as he had previously implied, but professed ignorance of any systematic extermination of Yugoslav partisans or the removal of Greek Jews to death camps. Last week,...

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