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Waldheim And Austria
Waldheim And Austria
By Richard Bassett
Viking, 1989, 235 pp

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.