Two months ago teachers gave students at 400 high schools throughout Austria an unusual class assignment. They told them to go through the attics of their grandparents’ homes to see what memorabilia they could find from the 1930s—photographs, documents, newspapers, letters or pamphlets.
CAMPAIGN ’88 lt was a stunning moment of reconciliation. Above the banks of the muddy Alabama River, Democratic presidential contender Jesse Jackson took a stand squarely beneath the iron arcs of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.—the scene of the Bloody Sunday protest on March 7,1965, whose violence galvanized the American civil rights movement.By MARCI McDONALD6 min
Hitler was not overstating the case. His welcome was tumultuous as he entered his native Austria on March 12, 1938—a few hours behind his panzer divisions—and rode in an open Mercedes-Benz toward Vienna. The invasion, code-named Operation Otto, had been entirely bloodless—and quite unnecessary.By JOHN BIERMAN6 min
Each weekday morning, like thousands of other Austrians, he goes to work in Vienna’s ancient inner city. Each night he returns to his home in the suburbs and seldom goes out. On weekends he likes to walk on the grounds of his country home on the Lake of Attersee, near Salzburg, or entertain friends in the rambling villa on Vienna’s outskirts that is his official residence.
They are known as maquiladoras (assembly plants). They are located primarily in Mexican cities on the U.S. border, and they are producing everything from auto parts to surgical gowns and television sets. According to the best estimates available, close to 1,300 maquilas now employ 320,000 workers.By D'ARCY JENISH6 min
Dome Petroleum has been at the brink for six long years, but it looks as though the mess may finally be resolved with the company’s pending sale to the Canadian subsidiary of a cash-rich giant, Chicago-based Amoco Corp. Dome’s rescue is fascinating, but it underscores how unlevel the economic playing field is in this country.By Diane Francis5 min
In the wake of a best-selling album and a record-breaking world tour, Ireland’s U2 has grown accustomed to the limelight. The group’s bravado was obvious last week at New York’s Radio City Music Hall where, after the band won the Grammy Award for best rock group, guitarist The Edge (David Evans) lightly acknowledged their debt to everyone from Dr. Ruth Westheimer to Bat Man.By NICHOLAS JENNINGS5 min
It was standard behavior for Jonathan Miller to visit Canada last week wearing two hats—those of public speaker and theatre director. Nobody else on the British arts scene has his peculiar, wide-ranging medley of credentials. Trained as a neuropathologist, Miller, 53, is also a comic writer and actor (Beyond the Fringe, the international hit revue in which he performed in the 1960s with, among others, Dudley Moore), an author (Marshall McLuhan, Darwin for Beginners), a popular television writer-host (The Body in Question) and a theatre and opera director.By ROBERT CUSHMAN5 min
Thirteen years ago in April, U.S. forces evacuated Saigon, leaving the economy ravaged by years of warfare. Since then, the victorious northern forces have done little to improve the country ’s financial condition. The nation has remained one of the poorest in the world, and runaway inflation and a decline in agricultural and industrial productivity have only worsened the problem.
The battlefield is Montreal. At stake are world-class technology, national prestige and a multibillion-dollar bonanza. Next month CETI of Montreal, founded by a group of aggressive Quebec executives in 1986, plans to turn that city’s telephone system into a gigantic computer grid, which will allow its clients to communicate directly with one another and with hundreds of computer systems.
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