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Archive of letters and documents between Austrian President Kurt Waldheim and noted collector Jerry Granat regarding Waldheim's activities during WWII
Austrian politician (born 1918) who was Secretary General of the United Nations from 1972 to 1981 and President of Austria from 1986 to 1992. His activities during World War II stirred up a storm of controversy in the mid-1980s when gaps in his biography led many to believe that Waldheim was a former Nazi who participated in war crimes during World War II. Though a head of state, he remained a de facto outcast throughout much of the world during his presidency, and though he was essentially exonerated?"it was determined that he knew of certain crimes but was not an active participant?"the true nature of his involvement with the Nazis remains unresolved. Archive of documents related to the controversy surrounding Waldheim's wartime activities, circa 1975?"1986. Included: TLS signed "Kurt," one page, May 9, 1975, to collector Gerard Granat, explaining his activities in 1938. In part: "I did not participate at Dr. Schuschnigg's historical meeting with Hitler, but was politically active for the Socialist movement in the underground." TLS signed "Kurt Waldheim," one page, May 7, 1986, to Granat, apologizing for a delay in responding and mentioning that his son will give Granat the information he seeks. Matte-finish 4 x 5.75 photo, signed in ballpoint in the blank lower margin, "Kurt." Detailed ALS from Waldheim's son, Gerhard, three pages on two sheets, May 15, 1986, outlining evidence refuting the accusations against his father. In part: "The continued charges, clearly it is implicated [sic] that he carries at least co-responsibility as a desk lieutenant writing enemy reports ... . [It] is either a conscious effort to prove guilt by misconstruing facts or the sad result of someone who has never served in the military... ." Unsigned carbon copies of several letters from Granat to Waldheim and his son, expressing doubts about Waldheim's innocence and requesting information. Several unsigned copied pages of documents related to the case and Waldheim's activities. In fine condition overall, with scattered bends and light handling wear. From the Jerry Granat collection.
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