Thursday May 2, 2:00 PM (Lunchtime)

The Waldheim Waltz

Austria, 2018 (93 min.)

The Waldheim Waltz shows the tangled web that former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim became ensnared in by concealing two years of his wartime biography. It shows the swift succession of new allegations by the World Jewish Congress against him, the denial by the Austrian political class, the outbreak of anti-Semitism and patriotism, which finally led to his election.  Austria was highly successful in practising the deception on itself and the world that it had been the first victim of the Nazis. Despite the fact that a whole generation knew the truth, this image of innocence was serially reproduced in official speeches, books and patriotic films.

“The WJC evidence was devastating, and it kept on coming.” —Variety


“The film resonates strongly in our current era of right-wing populist leaders.” —Hollywood Reporter


Ruth Beckermann


Neil Friedman, Menemsha Films 

In German, English and French with English subtitles

Session II

Thursday (May 2): 2:00 PM (Lunch) ROOM 1201


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