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France Releases Waldheim Army File, Gives No Reason for Scrutiny While He Was U.N. Chief
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Jun 7, 1986
Start Page: 14
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
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The French government released its file on the World War II army service of Austrian presidential candidate Kurt Waldheim on Friday but did not explain why it had compiled the record in 1979 when Waldheim was still secretary general of the United Nations.

Since Waldheim, when faced with similar facts, acknowledged earlier this year that he had remained in the German Army during World War II but denied taking part in any war crimes, the release of the French document is not expected to affect the outcome of Austria's presidential runoff election Sunday. Waldheim is strongly favored to win.

According to Le Matin, the Oberekommando, Heeres-Gruppe E, to which Waldheim was assigned in 1942, was the unit of Gen. Alexander Loehr, who was executed for war crimes committed in Greece and Yugoslavia.

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