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Zwischen den Zeiten
Zwischen den Zeiten
By Bruno Kreisky
Siedler Verlag, 1986, 494 pp

The first volume of Kreisky's memoirs, covering the 44 years from his birth to the Austrian State Treaty in 1955. A bit loquacious, it depicts Austrian politics of the 1920s and 1930s from the standpoint of a militant socialist, appalled by the Stalinist policy of helping National Socialism and by Socialist failures to take decisive action in Germany and Austria, regardless of risk. A personal document of an extraordinary life: active in the underground, he spent 21 months in different prisons under different regimes. Especially vulnerable as a Jew, he found wartime asylum in Sweden and returned to a political career in postwar Austria.