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Special Assignment (Echoes of The Past) #106918

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 14, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Issue of Austrian President Kurt Waldheim's World War II links with Nazis recalled; Austria-Liechtenstein relations mentioned. Report introduced.

(Vienna, Austria: David Ensor) Response of Austrians to documentation of Waldheim's war record featured; details given, scenes shown. Cabaret singer Hans Peter Heinzel's song about soldiers' duty reported [HEINZEL - (thru translator) tells Waldheim joke.] Pub. by German magazine "Stern" of Yugoslavian documents implicating Waldheim reported [Writer Ulrich VOELKLEIN - says Waldheim guilty of war crimes.] Article in Austrian magazine, "Wiener", by American journalist Charles Ashman detailed. [Voice of Yugoslavian Modrag CEDIC - says Waldheim was Nazi leader in Yugoslavia.] Denial of charges by Waldheim's spokesperson noted. Commission of historiansreported created by Waldheim to clear name. [Historical consultant Brigadier General James COLLINS - says won't be whitewash.] Issue of knowledge of versus commission of war crimes detailed. [Austrian people's party spokesperson Dr. Fritz KOENIG - comments.] Poll results on whether Waldheim should resign as president given; World War II film shown. [Austrian pollster Dr. Rudolph BRETSCHNEIDER, MAN - discuss Austrians' feelings about war.] Impact of debate over Waldheim on Austria noted. [Austrian journalist Hubertus CZERNIN - says friends in United States pretend to be German, not Austrian.] Waldheim presidency said compared to that of Richard Nixon.

Ensor, David;
Jennings, Peter

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