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    DR. OTTO HABSBURG, THE SON OF THE LAST EMPEROR OF AUSTRIA, KARL THE FIRST, RETURNED?

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    GV LIBRARY SCENE. HITLER MARCHING INTO VIENNA - SILENT. (3 SHOTS)
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    2.
    GV PAN: SALZBURG.
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    SV INT: HABSBURG SEATED WITH INTERVIEWER.
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    4.
    CU HABSBURG SPEAKS - SOF STARTS: "IN THIS LETTER..." SOF ENDS: "PARTICULAR GOVERNMENT."
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    CU DR. HABSBURG - SILENT.
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    CU DR. HABSBURG SPEAKS - SOF STARTS: "THERE HAS BEEN NO SUCH SUGGESTION ..." SOF ENDS: "...FOR PUBLIC OFFICE."
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    CU INTERVIEWER AND HABSBURG - SILENT.
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    CU HABSBURG SPEAKS. SOF STARTS: "UNFORTUNATELY ..." SOF ENDS: "AS SOON AS IT WILL BE POSSIBLE."
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    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ 4) HABSBURG: "IN THIS LETTER, WHICH I WROTE TO PRESIDENT TRUMAN, IN THE SPRING OF 1945, HAS BEEN VASTLY MISQUOTED DESPITE THE FACT THAT THIS VERY LENGTHY DOCUMENT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE COLLECTION OF AMERICAN OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS. IN IT, I HAVE NEVER ADVOCATED, OF COURSE, THE PARTITIONING OF AUSTRIA. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY FAR FROM MY WAY OF THINKING. ON THE COUNTRARY, I WAS SUGGESTING THE EASING OF RELATIONS BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT OCCUPATIONAL ZONES, A DIFFERENT PATTERN OF BEHAVIOUR ON THE PART OF THE OCCUPATIONAL FORCES IN AUSTRIA, QUESTIONS OF FOOD, QUESTIONS OF REFUGEES, AND OTHER QUESTIONS. I, OF COURSE, ALSO SUGGESTED AT THE TIME THAT THE RENNER GOVERNMENT NOT BE RECOGNISED AS LONG AS THERE WAS A DANGER OF A COMPLETE TAKEOVER OF THE COMMUNISTS OF THAT PARTICULAR GOVERNMENT.



    AUSTRIA: EXILED DR. HABSBURG COMMENTS ON CONTROVERSIAL LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMAN.



    (SEQ 6) HABSBURG: "NO. THERE HAS BEN NO SUCH SUGGESTION ... AND INDEED, I PERSONALLY FEEL THAT I CAN BE MUCH MORE USEFUL WITHOUT BEING A CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC OFFICE."



    (SEQ 8) HABSBURG: "UNFORTUNATELY, I AM NOT ABLE AT THIS TIME TO TELL, AS YET TO DATE, I DON'T KNOW IT MYSELF AND I DON'T YET THE PLACE. THE ONLY THING I KNOW I'M DETERMINED TO DO IT AS SOON AS IT WILL BE POSSIBLE."




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    Background: DR. OTTO HABSBURG, THE SON OF THE LAST EMPEROR OF AUSTRIA, KARL THE FIRST, RETURNED TO SALZBURG THIS WEEK, AFTER NEARLY 49 YEARS IN EXILE, TO ADDRESS A MEETING. DR. HABSBURG, WHO WAS FORBIDDEN, BY A LAW PASSED IN 1919, FROM LIVING IN AUSTRIA, RECORDED THIS EXCLUSIVE TELEVISION INTERVIEW FOR VISNEWS, DURING HIS STAY IN SALZBURG.

    IT WAS 30 YEARS AGO TODAY (TUESDAY, 12 APRIL) THAT HITLER'S ARMY MARCHED INTO AUSTRIA, TO PREVENT THE RESTORATION OF THE HABSBURGS RULE.

    IN 1945, WITH THE END OF HOSTILITIES, DR. HABSBURG WROTE A LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMAN OF THE UNITED STATES - A LETTER WHICH, SINCE THEN, HAS CAUSED CONSIDERABLE CONTROVERSY.

    IT'S BEEN CLAIMED THAT, IN THE LETTER, DR. HABSBURG RECOMMENDED NON-RECOGNITION OF THE PROVISIONAL RENNER GOVERNMENT AND THE DIVISION OF AUSTRIA. THIS WEEK, A VISNEWS REPORTER ASKED DR. HABSBURG ABOUT THE LETTER.

    ON 20TH JULY, 1967, DR. HABSBURG DECLARED, IN LIENZ, EASTERN TYROL, THAT HE WOULD BE PREPARED AT ANY TIME TO ACCEPT A POLITICAL CANDIDACY. HA WAS ASKED WHETHER ANY AUSTRIAN PARTY HAD APPROACHED HIM IN THIS MATTER.

    DR. HABSBURG IS AT PRESENT LIVING WITH HIS FAMILY IN BAVARIA, GERMANY. IN 1967, HE DECLARED THAT HE INTENDED TO SETTLE IN AUSTRIA. HE WAS ASKED WHETHER THE TIME AND PLACE HAD BEEN DECIDED UPON.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADD810IBHJ26L6K19JN5PL3RH9
    Media URN:
    VLVADD810IBHJ26L6K19JN5PL3RH9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:08:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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