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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-10-19

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, October 19, 1962

British Fascist Leaders Sentenced to Jail; Ex-Nazis Charged with War Crimes
Rockwell to Head 'World Union' of Nazis on Trial in Coblenz, Bonn, Hamburg

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

LONDON — A British Na-
tional Socialist official said
Tuesday that a council had
been formed to direct the activi-
ties of the movement in place
of the four leaders who were
sentenced to prison terms Mon-
day.
Martin Webster, office mana-
ger of the movement, said that
the neo-Nazi group would con-
tinue to hold meetings. Further
details of the agreement made
during the visit to Britain of
George Rockwell, head of the
"American Nazi Party," also
were disclosed.
The agreement provided that
Rockwell was to take over
leadership presumably from his
headquarters in Arlington, Va.,
of the so called. "World Union
of National Socialists" in the
event British National Socialist
leader Colin Jordan goes to
prison.
"Jordan was sentenced_ to
nine months' imprisonment
after he and three of his
lieutenants were found guilty
on two counts of a four-count
indictment charging them
with violation of the Public

Order Act. - The four neo-
Nazis said they would appeal
the jury verdict. They have
two weeks to do so. The three
associates received lesser
terms.
The main objectives of. the
"World Union" were listed as
formation of a "monolithic com-
bat efficient international po-
litical apparatus to utterly de-
stroy the international Jewish-
Communist-Zionist apparatus of
treason and subversion" and to
promote "the Aryan race and
its western civilization." An-
other stated objective was "to
find and accomplish on a world-.
wide scale a just and final set-
tlement . of the Jewish prob-
lem." .
An eventual "world order
based on race" was listed as
another ultimate goal. 'Member-
ship is restricted to individuals
and groups who "acknowledge
the spiritual leadership of Adolf
Hitler."
Convicted with Jordan were
John Tyndall, 26, national
secretary; Roland Kerr-
Ritchie, 42, its research offi-
cer; and Denis Pirie, assistant
national secretary. Tyndall
was sentenced to six months'

London Boroughs Launch Drive
to Strengthen Public Order Act

In a related development, R.
E. Seaton, chairman of the Ap-
LONDON -- A campaign peals Committee of London Ses-
launched by a London borough su - ms clarified a remark he
'
council to strengthen -the Public had made
about Jews last month
Order Act to prevent riots in- when he reversed a conviction
cited by speakers preaching race against Colin. Jordan, leader of
or religious hatred received the British National Socialist
backing Wednesday from the Movement, on charges of incit-
Metropolitan Boroughs Stand- sored
go
re t riot
b h
at a meeting spon
ing Joint Committee, represent- by the neo-nazis in Lon-
ing all boroughs in the city. don , s Trafalgar Square last July.
With the House of Commons The remark. which was pro-
scheduled to reconvene this tested by the National Council
month, the Joint Committee ap- for Civil Liberties, was that
pealed to Home Secretary Hen- "Jews as a part of the corn-
ry Brooke for action to make munity are as liable to be criti-
such incitement a criminal of- cized as any other national who
lease. enjoys hospitality here." The
In its appeal, the Joint Com- Appeals Committee, in a reply
mittee told the Home Secre- to the Civil Liberties group, de-
tary that while "adhering to dared that "of course the chair-
the principle of free speech, we man was well aware. that there
are concerned at the nature of is a large number of persons of
recent disturbances in London. the Jewish faith who are British
We ask the government to con- but their position was not a
sider amending the law so that matter which the chairman had
incitement to violence by per- to consider in this case."
Another court development
sons advocating racial or reli-
gious discrimination or hatred involving the neo-nazis was
may become a criminal offense." the rejection Tuesday by Man-
chester Magistrate Bancroft
The Board of Deputies of
Turner of an application by
British Jews is conducting a
Max Mosley, 22, son of Union
campaign to obtain 1,000,000
Movement leader Oswald Mos-
signatures for a petition to
ley to put Councillor Peter
Parliament -for that. objective,
The issue was touched on Grimshaw, secretary of the
Tuesday night by R. N. Carval- Manchester District of the
Party, under bond to
ho, president of the Anglo- Labor
the peace. •
Jewish Association, at a . meet- keep
The son of the neo-nazi leader
ing of the Assoation
ci
Council.
that Grimshaw had an
He said he agreed that the neo- said
nounced
he intended to form
-
fascist groups thrived on pub an anti-fascist
body from which
licity and that he also agreed
with the advice of the Board the younger Mosley inferred
of Deputies of British Jews that Grimshaw intended to op-
the Union Movement pos-
that the targets of the incite- pose
i a possible breach of the
ment
ment should refrain from re ing
The magistrate dismissed
sponses that created conflicts the argument.
and resultant publicity for the
neo-nazis.
"While one understands the 3 N.Y. Boys Jailed
anger and resentment of all de- as Cemetery Vandals -
NEW YORK, (JTA) — Three
cent people with the disgusting
language and methods of the boys were arrested by New York
fascists," he said, "there. can police on charges - of having dese-
be no doubt that they thrive on crated the Mount Zion cemetery,
publicity and that they have Jewish burial grounds in sub-
gained strength and new mem- urban Maspeth, Queens.
bers from the mere fact that All three, the first 15, the two
others 14, were members of a
they are now better known."
He added that. one of the "Nazi Club," fitted out with
"additional dangers" from photographs- of Hitler and Adolf
the increased nea-nazi activ- Eichmann, swastikas and pictures
ity and publicity in Britain of gas ovens, according to police.
About 200 stones had been
was the effect it was having
on fascist groups throughout overturned at the cemetery, caus-
the world. He said he was ing damage estimated at $100,-
certain such groups had been 000, the police authorities said.
"encouraged by the mere fact All three were held for arraign-
that in so liberal a community ment in Children's Court. Police
withheld the names of the boys
ma uurs the fascists have been
abie to Make some headway." because of their ages.

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

imprisonment; and . Kerr-
Ritchie and Pirie to three
months , each. All had pleaded
not guilty.

They had been accused of
forming an organization called
"Spearhead," whose members
were allegedly trained for the
purpose Of the display and use
of force to attain political ob-
jectives "in such a manner as
to arouse considerable appre-
hension."
The case went to the jury in
London's famed criminal court,
the - Old Bailey, after Justice
Barry concluded his summa-
tion. The judge indicated doubt
that the prosecution had estab-
lished that "Spearhead" had
been .organized and trained for
the display of force, The jury
failed to convict on the two
counts involving this charge,
but found all four defendants
guilty on two other counts, in-
volving organizing and training
to cause appreheriSion.
In passing what he described
as "extremely light sentences,"
Justice Barry pointed out that,
while the crimes for which the
quartet had been convicted
were not as grave as those
charged in the first two counts
of the indictment, they never-
theless constituted "a serious
offense."
Before he was led away,
Jordan announced that he
was passing on his command
of the "World Union of Na-
tional Socialists" to George
Lincoln Rockwell, leader of
the American Nazi Party
while he served his prison
term. One of his followers
pledged: "we will take orders
from Rockwell."
Rockwell visited Jordan's
blackshirt camp last summer
and narrowly escaped a rough-
ing up when irate villagers de-
scended on the encampment
and wrecked it. He was subse-
quently deported from England.
In another development here
concerning resurgent fascism,
students at Leicester University
voted to cancel an invitation
previously extended to Max
Mosley, son of Sir Oswald Mos-
ley, leader of the fascist Union,
to participate in a campus de-
bate.
Young Mosley was to have
proposed during the debate this
week a motion stating that the
students at Leicester "believe
the present laws governing the
right of free speech should not
be altered." Plans to propose
an amendment to those laws
are being advanced in parlia-
ment now, and are directed
against the Mosleyites as well
as other fascist and neo-Nazi
elements in Great Britain.
Protests poured in on the
student leadership when the an-
nouncement was made that
young Mosley would speak and
propose his motion. The invita-
tion was canceled after a two-
hour discussion by the Student
Council..

, WASHINGTON, (JTA) —
The Jewish War Veterans in-
dicated that they would take
further measures to have the
United States Department of
Justice require George Lin-

coln Rockwell to register as a

foreign agent.

COBLENZ — George Heuser,
a former SS officer who is one
of 14 defendants . in . one of
West Germany's biggest war
crimes trials, testified Monday
that he felt himself partly
guilty of charges he was re-
sponsible in the murder of
more than 30,000 Jews and
other victims during the Ger-
man occupation of Russia' in
World War II.
The defendants are collec-
tively charged with the murder
of 70,000 Jews, Gypsies and
Russians. Heuser, 49, was chief
of the Rhineland Palatinate
Police Force until he was ar-
rested in 1959. The prosecution
charged that Heuser got the
police post by forging a record
to show his past was clear. He
admitted that he made false
statements during his de-Nazi-
fication.
The 318-page indictment
charged that the defendants
shot, gassed or buried alive vic-
tims selected for liquidation.
They were arrested and charged
after the Ludwigsburg Center
for Investigation of Nazi Crimes
tracked down their wartime
records.
The indictment is supple-
mented by 12,000 pages of doc-
umentary material. Nearly 200
witnesses are expected to testi-
fy at the trial, which is expected
to last 12-15 weeks.
Meanwhile, in Bohn, Wilhelm
Doering, a former SS officer on
trial on charges of complicity
in the execution of 683 Russian
Jews and 16 children deemed
insane in the 1941-42 occupation
of Russia, cited Tuesday in his
testimony orders received from
Hitler and Gestapo Chief Hein-
rich Himmler which he said
"had to be obeyed."
Dr. Al Bradfisch, another for-
mer SS officer who was sen-
tenced to 10 years at hard labor
in a different case, testified as
a witness for the defendant.
Bradfisch also cited the orders
"which we had to obey." Doer-

Portuguese Weekly
Marks 1,000th Issue
RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) —
The Portuguese-Jewish weekly,
"Anonde Vamos," appeared here
in a special enlarged edition to
mark the 1,000th issue of the
publication. Aaron Newman is
editor of the paper.

ing, 45, was the. Criminal In-
vestigation, Department chief of
the Siegburg District when he
was arrested.
And in Hamburg, a life term
at hard labor was demanded by
the prosecution, as a trial was
Concluded here against Willi
Dusenschoen, a former concen-
tration camp commandant, who
was charged with causing the
suicide of a Jew during the
Nazi regime in 1933. The pro-
secution contended it had prov-
en its case against Dusenschoen,
contending he drove to self de-
struction Dr. Fritz Solmitz, a
Socialist politician and editor of
a newspaper at Lubeck.
•On Wednesday, however, the
defendant was found not guilty.
The verdict, which was an-
nounced by the court president
with "regret and uneasiness,"
evoked widespread press and
radio condemnation. Dusen-
schoen was set free.
The Frankfurter Rundschau
said that the defendant was
acquitted under "formal law"
but could not be freed from his
"moral guilt." A Hesse radio
commentator even went so far
in his protest as to suggest a
means of appealing the verdict.

Hebrew Corner

Letter from a
Bereaved Father

To Comrade Ben Gurion, Shalom ray.
I am one of the 150 fathers who
lost their sons in the last_ military
incidents. My only son, Yair,. fell
in the Rafiah battle. He was only
20 years old. Believe me, if my son
Would have known his fate before-
hand, he would not have hesitated
to take the course he did and went
to fight.
You who bear the great responsi-
bility of our nation and who make
decisions concerning the . lives of
our sons, undoubtedly regret the
loss of every young man — possibly
you need consolation. and encourage.
ment, no less than the, bereaved
mothers and fathers.
It will be my reward if my words
will ease your heart and give you
strength.
Your friend,
Moshe Omer
To Moshe Omer, Shalom and
appreciation.
I was deeply moved by your
words. I do not know whether many
fathers among other nations would
write what you did. Your letter is
worthy to be placed in the archives
of the nation as a great expression
of moral strength and loyalty to
our native land. Words fail me to ap-
praise your Wonderful communica-
tion.
May there be many with your
spirit in Israel! With admiration
;
David Ben Gurion
Translation of Hebrew Corner,
Jerusalem
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such action on the grounds that
Rockwell's membership in the
"World Union of. National So-
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agent. Further steps were due rk.
following t h e announcement
that Colin Jordan, the British
head of that organization, had
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placement while he served out
a nine-month prison sentence
for violation of the British Pub-
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