Austria and the Ghosts of Memory
Richard Mitten is Associate Professor of History at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and former Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Since the end of World War II there have been numerous suspicions about the role Austria may have played in Jewish persecution. Charges that Austrian politicians have engaged in willful amnesia about the period are widespread. New scholarship shows that patterns of complicity are extremely complex and involve surprising partners. Richard Mitten explains how U.S. foreign policy abetted Austria's amnesia.