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978-0-670-83230-9 / 9780670832309

Countenance of Truth: The United Nations and The Waldheim Case

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Publisher:Viking Penguin

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Language:English

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From Wikipedia: Kurt Josef Waldheim (21 Dec 1918 - 14 Jun 2007) was an Austrian diplomat and politician. Waldheim was the fourth Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1972 to 1981 and the ninth President of Austria, from 1986 to 1992. While he was running for President in Austria in 1985 his service as an intelligence officer in the Wehrmacht during World War II raised international controversy. ~~~ Waldheim had unsuccessfully sought election as President of Austria in 1971, but his second attempt on 8 June 1986 proved successful. During his campaign for the presidency in 1985, the events started that marked the beginning of what became known internationally as the "Waldheim Affair". Before the presidential elections, investigative journalist Alfred Worm revealed in the Austrian weekly news magazine Profil that there had been several omissions about Waldheim's life between 1938 and 1945 in his recently published autobiography. ~~~ A short time later, the World Jewish Congress alleged that Waldheim had lied about his service as an officer in the mounted corps of the SA, and his time as an ordnance officer for Army Group E in Saloniki, Greece, from 1942 to 1943 based on files from the United Nations War Crimes Commission. Waldheim called the allegations "pure lies and malicious acts". Nevertheless he admitted that he had known about German reprisals against partisans: "Yes, I knew. I was horrified. But what could I do? I had either to continue to serve or be executed." He said that he had never fired a shot or even seen a partisan. His former immediate superior at the time stated that Waldheim had "remained confined to a desk". Former Austrian chancellor Bruno Kreisky, of Jewish origin, denounced the actions of the World Jewish Congress as an "extraordinary infamy" adding that Austrians would not "allow the Jews abroad to ... tell us who should be our President." ~~~ Part of the reason for the controversy was Austria's refusal to address its national role...

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