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March 22, 1963 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-03-22

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rch 22, 198

Official Arrested in Switzerland;
Charged with "Threatening' German
Scientist on Cobalt Bomb for Egypt

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

"'Miss Goerke was afraid and
we could , not prevent her from
.BASLE, Switzerland — The seeking what she thought would
identity • of the Israeli arrested be. -safety in asylum together
earlier this month in Zurich .with her family in the United
-on charges involving threats Arab Republic."
against West German scientists
• • •
Shmuel Bentzur, the Israeli
working on secret weapons for
in Switzerland
Egypt was revealed Tuesday:
in the prison in
at a press conference
by Basle' Lornhof• on Tuesday morning
State Prosecutor Walter . Burk- ,
where the two men were being
held. After his visit, which was
Burkhard said the arrested Bengal's first contact with any-
Israeli was a man named one but his captors, the envoy
Joseph Bengal, 33, who travel- conferred with Dr. Weiland, the
ed to Switzerland on a "serv- Basle Attorney general. The
ice" passport - from Israel. envoy told the Jewish Tele-
Burkhard said Bengal was an graphic Agency that he had
official of the Ministry for Edu- found Bengal looking fit and in
cation and CultUre. 'Bengal and good health. He said Bengal
an Austrian, Otto Jukelick, were had informed him that he had
arrested March 2 in Zurich after, not been "maltreated in any way
according to Swiss police, they whatever" and that he had been
met Heidi Goerke to try to "properly treated" by the Swiss
"coerce" her into influencing authorities.
her father, Prof. Jens Goerke,
Swiss authorities later dis-
into halting work on the Ep- closed

that Bengal and Julelick
tian missile program. Fears were arrested at the specific re-
have been expressed in Israel quest of the public prosecutor of
that a group of West German Freiburg, West Germany, and
scientists a r e working, on the German. police. The charge
weapons forbidden by inter- to be filed will be "illegal acti-
national law—with the possi- . vities on behalf of a foreign
ble inclusion of a cobalt bomb. state."
Swiss police also claimed
Meanwhile, it was reported
that Miss Gcerke and her
from Vienna that Jukelick has
family were threatened by
been registered officially in
the Israeli "agents." Burk-
Austria as a "counselor" for
hard denied a Tel Aviv re-
the Egyptian government. He
port to the effect that Miss
was visited in jail by the
Goerke had "provoked" the
Austrian Consul-General at
two arrested men. He said
Basle when the Austrian Em-
the claim was groundless
bassy • was notified of the
"and we have the faes to
arrest. According to
prove it."
"We don't like to do what we Vienna police, Jukelick "never
are doing," the state prosecutor had any conflict with the
law." His home is in Gross-
added to the press conference,
"and in particular we don't gmein, a village near Salz-
like that it should be thought burg, where his wife works.
* * *
that whatever we do may help
the":Egyptians and the German
Nazis now working for them. Israeli authorities have been in
But we are under a legal obi"- direct contact, recently, with
- gation to act as we have acted. the German government in ef-
This is a matter of basic forts to get Bonn to take steps
to remove German scientists.
principle for us."
Burkhard also • told the press from participation in the Egyp-
conference that he had said to tian program for development of
the two arrested men that "I'm non-conventional weapons, re-
sorry to have to take these liable sources here said.
The contacts have been car-
measures against you men who
have fought for freedom and ried on in Germany through
thus have broken the law. How- Israel's Purchasing Mission at
ever, I am compelled to pros- Cologne, and have been pur-
sued in this country through
ecute you."
He also said that only Bengal high-ranking German visitors.
Israeli authorities, it was
had threatened Heidi Goerke
and that he was also in posses- learned, are considering public
sion of a gun. He also asserted issuance of details about the
that Jukelick had been known activities of nearly 400 German
to be in the vicinity of two scientists,' engineers and expert
German scientists who pre- technicians now at work in
viously had been involved in Egypt for the perfection of non-
similar incidents. They were a conventional weapons to be used
Dr. Kleinwachter, whose Id& against Israel.
napping was attempted in Feb-
ruary, and Prof. Heinz Krug, California Publisher
whose disappearance was re-
ported last September and who of Jewish Paper Spurns
was "presumably kidnapped," State Dept. Briefing
Burkhard said.
He added that no Germans
assisted in the arrest a the uel B. Gach, editor and publisher
two men nor had the Basle of the California Jewish Voice,
police felt they were needed disclosed that he had rejected
nor had they asked for any an invitation from Secretary of
help from West German State Dean Rusk as an act of
authorities. He also said that protest against the State Depart-
the charges against the two ment barring of Milton Fried-
arrested men were- based on man, chief Washington corre-
witnesses who .came not only spondent of the Jewish TOe-
from the Goerke family. He graphic Agency, from a ,briefing.
The invitation had been ex-
said there were no micro-
phones put in the room in the tended in connection with a re-
Zurich hotel occupied by the gional foreign policy conference
held in Los Angeles under State
two men.
The state prosecutor also Department sponsorship. Subse-
confirmed reports that Heidi quently, the State Department
Goerke was now in E g y p t. apologized to the JTA, calling
Asked by newsmen why she had the barring a mistake and giving
not been kept in West Germany assurances that the news agency
to cooperate with the police, and its representatives would be
the prosecutor replied that welcome at all future briefings.
Gach remarked that the agenda
for the Los Angeles conference
included "an Assistant Secretary
for Near Eastern Affairs," which
was another reason he declined
the invitation. Friedman was
barred by Robert C. Strong, di-
rector of the State Department's
Office of Near Eastern Affairs.

- ;666

Haaretz, leading independ-
ent morning newspaper in
Israel, reported that Egyptian
President Gamal Abdel Nas-
ser has earmarked several
million dollars as prizes for
German scientists, as an in-
centive toward completion of
work in rocket development
and 'in the perfection of an
electronic guidance system
for missiles. Meanwhile, ac-
cording to the report, work is
already proceeding in Egypt
for the preparation of missile
warheads using radioactive
There are hopes in authorita-
tive circles here that disclosure
of the Egyptian projects being
advanced by German scientists
might influence public opinion
in Germany and assist in obtain-
ing official German government
pressure on the German scien-
tists toward their withdrawal
from the Egyptian programs.
German government circles
are understood to have said that
they have no legal means for
controlling the activities of their
citizens abroad. They point out
that they have succeeded in get-
ting Prof. Eugen Saenger, the
German scientist who headed
Egypt's rocket program which
launched a missile last year, to
return to Germany. They say
that "several other scientists"
have also returned from Egypt.

Physician in Ghana Identified as Nazi

HAIFA, (JTA)—The Israeli. ers at Auschwitz.
Organization of Former Nazi
Schumann fled from Germa-
Prisoners has appealed to the ny after World War. II, was
government of Ghana to open traced to Sudan, and recently
proceedings against Dr. Horst showed up in Acra, capital of
Schumann, a former Nazi phy- Ghana, where he is' now re-
sician charged with having as- portedly a senior medical of-
sisted Dr. Josef Mengele, the in- ficer in Ghana's National
famous "selection doctor" of the Health Service. A reply from
Auschwitz death camp.
the Ghanaian government has
He is accused of having aided indicated that the Acra author-
Mengele in sterilization experi ities are considering the peti- •
ments on Jewish women prison- ton.






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