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Page 16. HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News, March 21, 1980 U.S. 'Finally' Investigating Nazi War Criminals in Country by Rochelle Saidel Wolk ALBANY, N.Y. (JTA)--No Nazi war criminal living in this country has ever been deported for his crimes by the United States government and sent back to the country where he committed his crimes. Some 400 alleged Nazi war criminals, a 40 percent increase from the government's previously an- nounced figure, finally are now being investigated. But the issue took three giant steps backward last month when Feodor Fedcrenko's petition for certiorari was granted by the Supreme Court, when the Frank Walus case was reversed and remanded by the Court of Appeals, and when the Karlis Detlavs case was decided against the government in Immigration Court in Baltimore. Allan Ryan Jr., Waiter Rockler's designated successor to head the Justice Department's efforts regarding alleged Nazi war criminals, has pledged to complete the 400 cases, and foresees some deportations. With these three setbacks and Action Against ANSWER BACK You're at a party and someone makes a dispara- ging remark about Israel "'Israel is intransigent," "Israel gets too much from the United States." "Begin i was a terrorist." You know what he's saying is wrong, but you don't have the facts to back you up. An emotional reply leaves you feeling that you've let Israel and your- self down. Don't let this happen again. Now, more than ever you should he better informed. Get the new, updated ... MYTHS and FACTS 1980 A Concise Record of the Arab-Israeli Conflict I,eon [Iris says Myths & : Fact. "is a clear, concise rec- ord of a conflict that has been rendered unclear and over-simplified by 30 years of propaganda and uneven reporting." This easy-to-use book is complete with index, maps and charts. Order now. Send $2.95 plus 40 post- age for each copy of Myths & Facts. or receive a free copy by ordering a subscription to Near East Report. the weekly Wash- ington newsletter on American policy in the Middle East. Keep abreast of fast-moving events and critical issues that shape the future of Israel and the Arab world. [] Send me a one-year Near t'?tl.W R('lO/'l subscription a and a free copy of Mrths & Facts. Enclosed is nay check for $18.00. [] Send me copies of Ilvths & Facts. En- closed is my check for $ NAME ADDRESS: ('11 Y I('l IY. ZIP __ Make checks payable to: Near Eat Reporl 444 North ('apitol St., N.W. .Vashington, !).('. 20001 " . . , . . . Nazism Proposed In IV. Germany BONN (JTA)--The ruling Social Democratic Party (SPD) has proposed mea- sures that would close the gaps in existing legislation aimed against neo-Nazism in West Germany. But it accepted the recom- mendations of prominent officials and social scientists who testified at an open meet- ing of the SPD's parliamentary faction. They included an amendment to a paragraph which forbids spreading Nazi propaganda material pro- duced after the Federal Republic was established. The amendment, which the SPD supports, would make it a criminal offense to circulate such material which antedates the Federal Republic. another decision against the government predicted shortly by most experts, however, the probability of any deporation is minimal for at least the next several years. The granting of certiorari to Fedorenko of Miami, and the Court of Appeals decision to reverse and remand the case of Walus of Chicago will have psychological and possible direct bearing on the Detlavs appeal, if the government decides to appeal the Detlavs decision. The Baltimore decision in favor of Detlavs, an admired member of the Latvian Waffen SS. will probably be appealed by the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations (OSI), which is filing a preliminary notice of appeal. Detlavs, accused by eyewitnesses of atrocities against the Jews of Latvia, including mass murders in the Rombula forest. admitted in court that he lied on his entrance visa regarding his activities. The issue of Nazi war criminals in America was first publicized to the American masses for the first time through a Jan. 13, 1980 ABC--I-V network documentary, "Escape from Justice: Nazi War Criminals in America," viewed by an estimated 30 million people; then by a feature article. "'Were These Men Killers for the Nazis?" in the January-February Life magazine. But the presence of Nazi war criminals here goes back to the 1940s. At least one case was known to the government as early as 1949, when Yugoslavia requested the extradition of Andrija Artukovic. He is charged, while Minister of Interior of the blazi puppet state of Croatia, with signing documents that resulted in the mass murder of some 750,000 people, including Gypsies, Serbs, Croats, and 68,000 Jews. (Artukovic is still living freely in Suffside, Calif.) As Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal has said: "The Cold War had no winners. The only winners were the Nazi war criminals. For 12 years, we had a closed season for these crimes, and during that time they escaped from Europe to South America, Arab countries and Spain (and the U.S.). Only after the Eichmann trial in 1961 did a new search begin." Because of Cold War competition for scientists, the U.S. government actually solicited some Nazis in the 1950s, through such programs as "Project Paperclip," brought them here, and employed them. Other Nazi war criminals filtered in as displaced persons, posing as legitimate refugees, Until the mid- 1970's, with few exceptions, no one challenged the govern- ment's virtual neglect, and, in some cases, deliberate obstruction, regarding the presence of Nazi war criminals living here, according to numerous documented reports. FRANK WALUS Some alleged Nazi war criminals were American intelligence agencies, such as the Department and others, in Cold War activities. This was confirmed by a 1978 stud ing Office, the investigative arm of Congress. slightest pretension of knowledgeableness carl powerful if not ultimately fatal, role an obstre intelligence community may continue to criminal expert and journalist Charles Allen September-October, 1979 issue of The Jewish This picture changed in 1973-1974, when brought the issue into the open: Hermine Queens housewife and former concentration supervisor, was extradited to West Germany Vincent Schiano and Anthony DeVito, officials tion and Naturalization Service cover-up on the subject of Nazi war criminals, Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D.NY) and Rep. (D.Pa) of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Refugees and International Law, took an active issue and pushed it in Congress. Our Swing is in Longwood March 25, 26, 27, 28 & 29 GRAND OPENING 48 Stores, Shops, Restaurants, Professional OffiCes are Having the Grandest of GRAND OPENINGS. Tuesday, March 25 -- 7:00 P. M. 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