Austria: The Prisoner Breaks Out

The Prisoner Breaks Out

To many Austrians, President Kurt Waldheim is known as the most prominent prisoner in Vienna, as a result of the worldwide ostracism that has followed accusations of his involvement in war crimes and knowledge of the deportation to death camps of 40,000 Greek Jews during World War II. Attempts by Waldheim's staff to solicit invitations to foreign capitals have almost all been futile; the former United Nations Secretary-General is even formally banned, as an undesirable alien, from entering the U.S. But last week the prisoner of Vienna finally got a break with the announcement that he would pay an official visit...

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