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July 18, 1986 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-07-18

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Waldheim Sworn In As
Austrian President

Vienna (JTA) — Kurt Wald-
heim was sworn last week as
Austria's sixth President in a
ceremony at the Parliament
Building boycotted by at least
six foreign Ambassadors, in-
cluding the United States envoy,
because of Waldheim's con-
troversial wartime record as a
Wehrmacht officer.
There were no visible pro-
testors near the Parliament
Building although in a nearby
square, a group of four persons
led by Rabbi Avi Weiss of New
York and Nazi hunter Beate
Klarsfeld held candles in a silent
demonstration against Wald-
heim's election and Austria's
reluctance to recall its past.
The 67-year old Waldheim, a
former United Nations Secre-
tary General, won a landslide
victory last June 8 against his
Socialist opponent Kurt Steyer,
despite repeated revelations,
mainly by the New York-based
World Jewish Congress, concern-
ing Waldheim's wartime record
as a Wehrmacht intelligence of-
ficer and of having concealed his
Recently, the WJC released in
Jerusalem a newly discovered
secret German wartime docu-
ment which allegedly connected
for the first time the new
Austrian President directly to
the deportation of Greek Jews to
the Auschwitz death camp in


Waldheim looked pale and
tired as he walked down Parlia-

ment's Assembly Hall and pro-
nounced the oath of office. He
referred at length to Austria's
pre-war antiSemitism. "The
`never again' that we Austrians
swore on the wounds of the Se-
cond World War refers not only
to the horrors of the Holocaust
but also to the monstrous spirit
which made such horror possible
— namely the spirit of anti-
Semitism," Waldheim said.
Ronald Lauder, the U.S. Am-
bassador to Austria, had what
the State Department in Wash-
ington described as "long stan-
ding plans to be out of Austria
for personal reasons" at the time
of the inauguration. The State
Department indicated the U.S.
would be represented by the Em-
bassy Charge d' Affaires.
With continued documenta-
tion being uncovered at various
sources about Waldheim's Nazi
past, it remains likely that the
Reagan Administration will con-
tinue to be under pressure to
make a decision on whether to
bar the Austrian President from
the United States by having his
name placed on the Immigration
and Naturalization Service's so
called "watch list."
This list bars persons accused
of Nazi war crimes from the U.S.
The Justice Department has
met with lawyers representing
Waldheim on the matter. Num-
erous Congressmen have urged
Attorney General Edwin Messe
to render a decision on Wald-
heim's status in the U.S.

Israel Discount Bank
Director To Be Removed

Jerusalem (JTA) — The Cab-
inet last Sunday gave Bank of
Israel Governor Michael Bruno
a free hand to remove Raphael
Recanati from his office as
managing director of the Israel
Discount Bank in compliance
with recommendations of a com-
mission of inquiry into the 1983
bank shares scandal.
Recanati is the only top ex-
ecutive of Israel's five largest
banks who has refused to step
down voluntarily. The Cabinet
decided that he must go. The
vote followed five hours of
acrimonious debate. Seven min-
isters abstained, including
Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
The decision was a victory for
Bruno who staked his prestige
on the Cabinet's support for
Recanati's removal. There was
no immediate reaction from the
bank. But a board member,
Yehoshua Rothenstreich, told
reporters that the Cabinet's deci-
sion "radically changed the
situation." He intimated that
Recanati would be asked to
resign by the board which
hitherto has backed him.
The commission of inquiry,
headed by Supreme Court
Justice Chaim Beisky, found the
Israel Discount Bank and the

country's four other major
banks guilty of misleading in-
vestors by grossly inflating the
price of their shares, precipi-
tating a financial panic when
bank shares collapsed in the fall
of 1983. The Israel Discount
Bank has been owned by the
Recanati family for 50 years.

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