Austria In Search of the Smoking Gun

A historian claims new evidence links Waldheim to atrocities

In the summer of 1942, following some of the bitterest fighting of World War II, German soldiers supported by troops of the Nazi puppet state of Croatia crushed a band of resistance fighters on Mount Kozara in western Yugoslavia. In the aftermath of the battle, according to controversial -- and still unauthenticated -- new evidence, an officer belonging to Ustasi, the local fascist forces, sent a telegram calling for the removal of civilians to nearby concentration camps. Named in the telegram as the source of the order: Lieut. Kurt Waldheim, then a supply officer in the German army and now the...

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