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February 11, 1972 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1972-02-11

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Enter Efarbie Case;
New Witness Found

I Revealed by Stade nit' Action Grouri

PARIS (JTA) ---.The investiga-
tion to determine- the identity of
a man in Bolivia believed' to be
the fugitive Nazi Klaus Barbie was
taken over Monday by a delega-
tion of French military judges
headed by Jean Claude Perioer,
director general of the defense min-
They went to Munich Wednesday
to receive from West German At-
torney General Ludolph documents
that may prove that Klaus Alt-
mann, a Bolivian citizen now in a
I,aPaz jail on charges of business
fraud, is the notorious Gestapo
"butcher of Lyons" responsible for
the mass deportation of French
Jews in World War II and the
murder of the French resistance
hero. Jean Moulin.

The search for Barbie was con-
ducted unofficially until now by
Mrs. Beate Klarsfeld, a Ger-
man married to a French Jew,

French-Jewish civil servant and
World War II resistance leader an-
nounced that he would go any-
where in the world to serve as a
witness against Barbie.
Aubrac, who is director of the
Rome bureau of the Food and Agri-
cultural Organization, said he had
been personally interrogated by
Barbie in June 1943 when he fell
into Gestapo hands,

Aubrac was rescued when an un-
derground commando unit headed
by his wife stormed the police car
that was transfering him from one
prison to another.
Mrs. Klaisfeld returned here last
week from Bolivia only long enough
to pick up document,, and finger-
prints to convince Bolivian author-
ities that the man they have in
custody in LaPaz is indeed Barbie.
Mrs. Klarsfeld was promised
documents by West German au-
thorities in Frankfurt and Bonn.
Klaus Altmann. the man be-
lieved to be Barbie, was arrested
Feb. 4 in La Paz for nonpayment
of a $4,003 debt he owed the
Bolivian government.
France asked the Bolivian au-
thorities last week to take the
suspect into custody until a La
Paz court could determine•
whether he is the Nazi fugitive
who obtained Bolivian citizen-
ship under the alias of Altmann.
If that proves to be the case,
Bolivia, which does not extradite
its own
citizens, would 'have

grounds to hand over Barbie to
France to face war crimes charges,
legal experts here said,
Mrs. Klarsfeld said the docu-
ments she would bring back in-
clude Barbie's fingerprints from
his old Wehrmacht personnel files.
These could confirm his identity,
Mrs. Klarsfeld's husband, Serge,
to'd the Jewish Telegraphic Agency
that his wife was kept under po-
- lice protection during her visit to
the Peruvian Interior Ministry.

'Memsry Fails' Ex-Nazi:
Charged With Pinsk Crimes •
BONN (JTA) — The Frankfurt
police commissioner, Johan Eck-

stein, who served in the Nazi po-
lice force under Hitler, stated dur-
ing a mass murder trial that he
did not remember a thing" con-
cerning Nazi crimes and the mur-
der of Jews in Pinsk during World

War 11.
Eckstein has boon charged with
participating in the liquidation of
the Pinsk ghetto in the fall of

1942. Thousands of Jews were
murdered during that action.
A Hamburg court Tuesday ac-
quitted Walter Becker, 74, Nazi

Germany's director of criminal
police in Starachowice, of charges
of murder and other war crimes
in Poland during World War IL


terviews is AskijefF-4onditeted
Israel for the seleetfon of - 0mi*,
mat_gly 80 Israelis who will work
in the United States this summer
as counselors and specialists at
Jewish community center, federa- ,
tion and other Jewish community
agency camps.
Asher 0. Melzer, director of
Surprise Lake Camps, Cold Spring,
N. Y., is currently in Israel for
this selection process, represent-
ing the National Jewish Welfare
Board as an adjunct staff member
in an exchange (shlikhim) pro-
gram being sponsored for the
Jewish ghetto.
eighth year by JWB, the youth
Six of the families own gro-
and hehalutz department of the
cery or other shops and are the
I have made it a rule never to World Zionist Organization and the
only Jews earning a reasonable
smoke more than one cigar at a American Zionist Youth Founda-
living. The others barely sup-
time, —Mark Twain. tion.

LONDON (JTA)—A community
of 350 Jews in the town of Kami-
sheli on the Turkey-Syria border
is virtually imprisoned by Syrian
authorities. Discrimination against
them is severe and they are de-
prived from earning all but the
most meager livelihood.
This information was disclosed
here by the World Union of Jew-
ish Students' action committee for
Arab Jewry.
According to WUJS, Kamisheli's
Jews are restricted to a limited
area of the town even in daylight
and at night are confined to the

who visited Bolivia.
Her efforts prompted the French
government to request the extracii - j e
tion of the man believed to he

Barbie. who, up to Jan. 26 was liv-
ing in Peru. A positive identifica-
tion of the man as Barbie would
pave tho way for his extradition. ,
Meanwhile, Raymond Aubrac, a

,Interviews Under Way
for Selection
. of 80 Israelis 24--FtInt febrporri)
to M
U- Ss
iff tt

port themselves as laborers, serv-
ants or peddlers.
They are forbidden to join trade
unions, are paid lower wages than
non-Jews and can be dismissed
without notice or compensation.
A 'majority of the families live
in a single room, the report said.
There is no Jewish school in the
town. Jewish children attend the
government school. Only six are
enrolled in high school. Part of
Kamisheli's only synagogue was
taken over by the Syrian army.
Complaints from the Jewish con-
gregants were ignored by the local
authorities, the report said.

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