Waldheim And Austria

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Waldheim And Austria

By Richard Bassett
Viking, 1989
235 pp. $19.95

For five years the Vienna correspondent of the London Times, Bassett puts the Waldheim affair in its proper-and to him, dismal-context: the Austrian milieu with its anti-Semitism and "collective amnesia." More of a persuasive indictment than an inquiry, but a good introduction to a wretched affair. The book was written before an international commission of historians studied Waldheim's wartime career and issued a report that at the very least contradicted his earlier boast of total ignorance of Nazi atrocities.

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