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Obituary of Thomas Klestil, Austrian President

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  • Matt Cross
    Obituary of Thomas Klestil, Austrian President Houston Chronicle/AP 7 Jul 2004 President of Austria dies at 71 Associated Press VIENNA, Austria -- President
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 7, 2004
      Obituary of Thomas Klestil, Austrian President
      Houston Chronicle/AP
      7 Jul 2004

      President of Austria dies at 71

      Associated Press


      VIENNA, Austria -- President Thomas Klestil, who brought calm to an office
      frayed by controversy surrounding his predecessor's past in the Nazi army,
      died Tuesday. He was 71.

      Klestil, whose second six-year term in the largely ceremonial post was to
      end Thursday, died shortly before midnight from multiple organ failure. He
      had been taken to hospital by air on Monday after suffering heart failure.

      Heinz Fischer, who won elections earlier this year, takes over the
      presidency Thursday.

      Klestil was widely credited with restoring Austria's credibility following
      revelations that predecessor Kurt Waldheim served in Germany's Nazi
      military.

      Klestil distinguished himself by speaking out numerous times against
      Austria's Nazi complicity during World War II, expressing sympathy for
      Holocaust victims during a first-term visit to Israel.

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