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by Dexter Van Zile (January 2010)
Bruno Kreisky, the first (and only) Jew elected to serve as head of government of a German speaking country, had a problem.Soon after Kreisky was elected chancellor of Austria in 1970, renowned Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal reported that Hans Ollinger, a newly appointed cabinet member, had been a member of the Nazi party in the 1930s. Kriesky, who had lost 20 members of his family in the death camps during the Holocaust, needed to send a message to the people of Austria about how they should deal with their country’s Nazi past.
Kreisky sent a message, that’s for sure. more>>>