VIENNA — Henry Anatole Grunwald on Wednesday presented his credentials as U.S. ambassador to President Kurt Waldheim, but the new envoy told Austrian Radio that he will not attend social functions involving Waldheim.
Grunwald, 65, refused to comment on his meeting with Waldheim in the president's Hofburg palace. Grunwald is Jewish and fled his native Vienna after Austria was incorporated into Nazi Germany in 1938.
The World Jewish Congress has accused Waldheim of being involved in Nazi atrocities in Yugoslavia and Greece when he served as a lieutenant in the German army during World War II. Austria regained full independence and neutrality in 1955.
Waldheim has denied any wrongdoing.
Elected in 1986
The United States has placed Waldheim on a list of undesirable aliens, effectively barring the former U.N. secretary general from entering the country unless on diplomatic business. Waldheim was elected to the largely ceremonial president's post in 1986.