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A Specially Formed Commission Of Inquiry That Examines Allegations Of War Crimes Against The Fourth Secretary-General Of The United Nations And Ninth President Of Austria, Kurt Josef Waldheim, Who Served As An Intelligence Officer In The Wehrmacht And Was Complicit In The Transportation Of Jews To German Death Camps And Allied Prisoners Of War Who Were Sent To Torture And Execution During World War II, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS In An Archival Quality 2 Disc All Regions Format DVD Set, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1988, 2 Hours 28 Minutes.) #KurtWaldheim #UNSecretaryGeneral #UnitedNations #UnitedNationsHistory #UN #UNHistory #ThirdReich #NaziGermany #WarCrimes #WarCriminals #Holocaust #WaldheimAffair #Austria #AustrianHistory #WorldWarII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Kurt Waldheim's activities in the Second World War are the subject of this televised commission of inquiry. He had become one of the best-known figures in the world of foreign affairs, and one of the most controversial. For ten years, from 1972 to 1982, he held the highly respected office of Secretary General of the United Nations, an organization dedicated to world peace. His role was that of a peacemaker - ironically, one who was accused of war crimes, accusations he vehemently denied. Even as he served as the elected President of Austria from 1986 to 1992, Kurt Waldheim had become a pariah, something of an international outcast, shunned by some of the same countries for whom he had served in the cause of peace, ultimately to be put on a U.S. State Department watch list that barred him from visiting the United States. Are the accusations against Waldheim supported by the evidence, or are they unfounded? For the first time, this program, in a judicial setting, explores the nature and background of those accusations, allegations that had been widely publicized but never been publicly examined and carefully analyzed in depth before, as this special television presentation does. In the form of special commission, it will be decided, on the basis of public testimony and expert witnesses brought before it, whether there is sufficient evidence to bring Kurt Waldheim to trial. In the course of this program, the commission will be asked to examine information that was already in the public domain, as well as new evidence and new witnesses to be examined and cross-examined for the first time. A team of thirty historians and researchers working in nineteen different countries spent many months preparing ten thousand pages of documents, and compiling evidence for these proceedings. And as the proceedings unfold, you will hear testimony from witnesses who in many cases were speaking out for the first time, including German army officers who served with Waldheim, and soldiers who served under him, as well as first-hand eyewitness testimony from the survivors of war crimes. The case against Waldheim is presented by Allan A. Ryan, Jr., who headed the U.S. Justice Department's search for Nazi war criminals in the United States. The allegations are challenged by Lord Peter Rawlinson of Ewell, a leading trial lawyer and former British Attorney General. The commission is composed of five judges from five different countries. The Chairman is Sir Frederick Lawton, a former Appeal Court judge from Great Britain; from West Germany, former Appeal Court judge Walter Huebner; from the United States, Shirley Hufstedler, formerly a judge of the Federal Court of Appeals and former Secretary of Education; from Sweden, former Supreme Court Justice Gustaf Petren; and from Canada, The Hon. A. Gordon Cooper, a former Appeals Court judge and former President of the Canadian Bar Association. At the end of this historic program, these judges will render their decision on the evidence they have heard.