Austria : Kurt Waldheim: I Wanted to Survive

Despite a damning report, Waldheim vows to stay in office

For nearly two years questions have swirled around Kurt Waldheim and his World War II service with German army units that committed atrocities in Greece and Yugoslavia. Last week an international panel of historians delivered its report on the Austrian President's conduct as a Wehrmacht lieutenant from 1942 to 1945. While the government-commissioned study found no proof that Waldheim, 69, had committed war crimes, it said he was "excellently informed" about such acts and made no attempt to stop them. Waldheim had concealed his war record, it added, "until that was no longer possible" and even then made "untrustworthy" remarks before...

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