The Waldheim Waltz / Waldheims Walzer

Poster for The Waldheim Waltz / Waldheims Walzer “Waldheim no, Waldheim no” shouts a crowd in the center of Vienna in 1986. Ruth Beckermann was one of the activists trying to prevent the election of Kurt Waldheim and documented the political events with her camera. More than 30 years later she goes back into her own archive and additionally uses international TV-material to analyse this turning point in Austrian political culture. The film shows the tangled web that former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim became ensnared in by concealing two years of his wartime biography. It shows the swift succession of new allegations by the World Jewish Congress against him, the denial by the Austrian political class, the outbreak of anti-Semitism and patriotism, which finally led to his election. Austria was highly successful in practising the deception on itself and the world that it had been the first victim of the Nazis. Despite the fact that a whole generation knew the truth, this image of innocence was serially reproduced in official speeches, books and Heimatfilms. This film shows how deeper-lying levels of consciousness slowly carve out a path to the surface.

Original title:
Waldheims Walzer
93 minutes
Ruth Beckermann

Shown at

  1. 23rd Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  2. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  3. Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  4. Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  5. Boulder Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  6. Budapesti Zsidó és Izraeli Filmfesztivál - 2019
  7. Buffalo International Jewish Film - 2019
  8. Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  9. East Bay International Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  10. Edmonton Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  11. Gainesville Jewish Film Fest - 2019
  12. Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  13. Maine Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  14. Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  15. Moscow Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  16. Rockland International Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  17. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  18. UK Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  19. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2019

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