February 18, 2000 |
Austrian right-wing politician Joerg Haider was rebuffed when he tried to visit Montreal's Holocaust Center during an unannounced visit to Canada this week, a Jewish leader said. Moshe Ronen, president of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said his group questioned Haider's motive in asking for the tour and had recommended the center turn him away. "Our advice to the museum was not to accommodate this bizarre request," Ronen said Wednesday. "They did not accommodate the visit."
December 11, 1997 |
Joerg Haider, the telegenic rising star of Austrian right-wing politics, was touring Los Angeles' Simon Wiesenthal Center when he spotted his own picture on the wall--alongside the likes of Idi Amin and David Duke. He was outraged. Haider called on a fellow Austrian, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, to use his influence to get the picture removed, but to no avail. The photograph remained, and Haider lost this skirmish in his battle to change his image abroad as he climbs to power at home.
January 19, 1997 |
Chancellor Franz Vranitzky, who has headed the Austrian government for more than 10 years, resigned Saturday, raising serious questions about the survival of this Alpine nation's ruling coalition. Vranitzky announced his resignation after an emergency meeting of his center-left Social Democratic Party, which marked its worst showing ever in elections last October.
July 9, 1992 |
Kurt Waldheim's controversial presidency ended Wednesday, six years after he was elected amid allegations that he was involved in war crimes. He expressed regret at "not having found the right words" appropriate to the immensity of World War II atrocities in which "unfortunately not a few Austrians" collaborated with the Nazis. In a somber inauguration ceremony, his successor, Thomas Klestil, pledged that Austria will not shirk the burden of its Nazi past as it looks to future challenges.
July 7, 1992
Thomas Klestil, a virtual unknown when he began his political campaign barely a year ago, will be sworn in Wednesday as Austria's president, thus closing the books on the controversial six-year term of his predecessor, Kurt Waldheim. Waldheim's refusal to deal forthrightly with questions about his actions as a junior officer in Hitler's Wehrmacht during World War II exposed him and his country to repeated condemnation and accusations of refusing to face the past.
July 4, 1992 |
Early next week, one of the most painful chapter's of Austria's postWorld War II history comes to a close: The Waldheim era is ending. The Tuesday presidential inauguration of Thomas Klestil, a 59-year-old career diplomat and political unknown, effectively closes the books on the six-year term of his controversial predecessor, Kurt Waldheim. Waldheim, former U.N.