14—Friday, August 14, 1970
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Wiesenthars Center Will Stay Open as Lon. , as Activities L e(ral Gov t. Says
NEW YORK (JTA )—The office operation. Dr. Mussi state d: said he would he "pleased to rem
of Chancellor Bruno Kreisky of "There is absolutely no truth to der any assistance I can, not only
Austria has advised the American these rumors. Nobody in any of- as a United States senator, but as
Jewish Committee that the closing ficial capacity and certainly no a human being who shares your
of Simon Wiesenthl's Document- member of the Austrian Federal sentiments and admires your
ation Center in Vienna "is not im- Government has demanded the steadfast determination to save
pending or intended as long as Mr. closing of the center and no legal the interests of free men every-
Wiesenthal's activities remain steps are intended as long as the where."
New York's other Republican
within the scope of Austrian lass." center's activities remain within
senator, Jacob K. Javits, said in a
Dr. Ingo Mussi, representing the the scope of Austrian law."
letter to Harry Evans of New York
At the end of his letter, Dr.
vacationing Dr. Kreisky, replied io
City that while he had no authority
a letter from AJCommittee Presi- Mussi reiterated that "there is
to act in the matter. He had writ-
dent E. Hoffman, who had written therefore no truth at all to any
ten to the State Department "far
to the Chancellor last week "to in- rumors in this connection." The
comment and a report." Sen.
quire about the status" of the cen- Austrian spokesman added that
• Javits said he understood the
Gratz has "repudiated" Wiesen-
"deep concern" being expressed
that's "unjust" attacks on him
"Since this organization," Hoff-
by friends of the center.
other government officials.
man wrote, referring to the AJColo- and
Fifty-five persons held a
mittee, "has enjoyed a fruitful Wiesenthal has charged that
"silent witness" demonstration
"five of the 11 Austrian minis-
relationship with Mr. Wiesenthal.
Monday afternoon outside the
ters had h Nazi past."
and we have also admired the
assistance that postwar Austria
regimes have given to the center's
work, we are most anxious to
clarify this issue."
Wiesenthal has charged the Aus
trian government with threatening
to close his center and has singled
out Socialist Party Secretary Leo-
pold Gratz for having allegedly
called the center—a "secret agent"
This "criticism" of Wiesenthal
"falls well within the scope of the
democratic freedom of opinion,"
Dr. Mussi wrote.
Sen. Charles E. Goodell, Repub-
lican of New York, wrote to Wie-
senthal Monday to voice his "great
concern over the intended plans to
close the historic Jewish Docu-
mentation Center in Austria." Ile
Israel Spy Relates His Adventures
as Freind of Egyptian Officers
.e memoirs of
"champagne spy" Wolfgang Lotz.
recently published here under the
title "Mission to Cairo." read more
like a novel than real-life exploits
performed on behalf of the Israel
Lotz. a West German who spied
for Israel in Egypt until he was
arrested in February 1965. was
called the "champagne spy" by
a superior in Israeli intelligence
who had to approve his expense
And they were some accounts.
From January 1961 to 1965, Lot::
played the part of a wealthy, care-
free foreigner who sympathized
with Egypt and
thought he was a free-spending
horse breeder and riding enthm-
iast. In reality, he was obtaining
valuable hits of information from
Lotz, who was released from
Egyptian jail in 1968 and now
Lotz and his wife once were de-
tained near a secret missile base
which they were investigating on
instructions from Tel Aviv. But
friends at Egyptian military intcl-
:igence vouched for them and
arranged their release.
Later Lotz went to a party
given by an armored corps colonel
and attended by senior army and
navy officers. He was embraced
by a general in military intelligence
who cried: "Long live the spy.
Listen, friends, this story is fan-
tastic. Our noble friend . . . went
to have a picnic at one of our •
rocket bases near the (Suez) Canal.
and I had to extricate him when
he was arrested . . ."
Later that night, Lotz writes,
the general asked him. as a per-
sonal favor, to keep an eye on
sonic German electronic experts
connected with a missile project,
Austrian Mission here carrying
signs and lighted candles. A
concentration camp survivor don-
ned the striped uniform he had
worn at Dachau.
The fellow that says. "I may he
wrong, but—" does not believe
there can be any such possibility.
Moscow, the Communist
youth newspaper, Komsomolskaya
Pravda, accused Wiesenthal of run-
ning an Israeli "spy center" fin-
anced by the U.S. Central Intelli-
gence Agency, the British Intelli-
gence Service and the Shin Bet. It
charged him with hunting Nazis
who escaped to South America
"while he displayed a strange
helplessness in searching for such
With every invitation order of
Wedding, Bar-Mitzvo, Shower etc.
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Nazis who are openly living in
Vienna near his office." The paper
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ing "utterly false" charges of anti-
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Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Schafer
were hosts at a cocktail party hon-
oring her brother Daniel Winsen's
engagement to Miss Hilda Siegel.
JEWISH WAR VETERANS
The Flint Jewish War Veterans
Auxiliary received a citation from
the department, for its outstanding
contribution to the Tel Hashomer
Hospital in Israel.
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