Austria Under Siege

Waldheim fights to stay on

"Now more than ever." That battle cry helped Kurt Waldheim become President of Austria two years ago, despite an international uproar over his service with German army units that committed atrocities during World War II. But the slogan echoed with bitter irony last week as calls for his resignation mounted in the wake of a report by a panel of historians who concluded that Waldheim, 69, was well aware of war crimes but did nothing to stop them and then concealed his knowledge.

In many schoolrooms across Austria, portraits of the President vanished from the walls. Civil servants in Vienna hung...

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