Waldheims Waltzer (The Waldheim Waltz)
Directed by Ruth Beckermann
Austria, 2018, 94 minutes
German, French and English with English subtitles
This award-winning documentary traces the uncovering of former UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past, including new details about his service in the German Wehrmacht. It depicts the swift succession of allegations by the World Jewish Congress at the time of his Austrian presidential campaign, the denials by the Austrian political class, and the outbreak of antisemitism and nationalism that finally led to his election.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Brad Prager, Professor of Film Studies and German at the University of Missouri. His research areas include Film History, Contemporary German Cinema, and Holocaust Studies. His publications include the book After the Fact: The Holocaust in Twenty-First Century Documentary Film (2015) as well as a book on the German director Werner Herzog, and an edited volume entitled Visualizing the Holocaust: Documents, Aesthetics, Memory (2008).