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July 26, 1974 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-07-26

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Trifa Alleged to Have Imported Former
Iron Guardists to U. S. From S. America

A series of articles on "The
Nazis Next Door" in the
large-circulation New York
Daily News alleges that Bis-
hop Valerian Trifa of Grass
Lake, Mich., "recently im-
ported some former Iron
Guardis ts from South
America, where they had
been hiding out since World
War II."
Trifa, head of the Roma-
nian Orthodox Episcopate of
America, is described as
"the alleged leader of a neo-
Nazi network now flourish-
ing in the United States" in
the fifth of a series by Paul
The articles culminated a
month-long investigation of
alleged Nazi war criminals
by Meskil, who also sought
the assistance of The Jewish
News for information on
Trifa and his followers. Trifa
is the subject of new inves-
tigations by the Immigration
and Naturalization Service
and the FBI. The latter is
probing Iron Guard activities
in America.
According to Meskil's in-
formants, Trifa "installed
Iron Guard veterans as
priests — although almost

none of them had theological
training — in his churches
around the country." Meskil
said documented evidence
shows that Trif a:
"Regularly recruits new
members for his Iron Guard
cells from among his church
members and newly arrived
Romanian immigrants" and
"Maintains contacts with
wanted war criminals in
Spain and South America,
including the former Iron
Guard commander, Horia
Sima," who lives in a
palatial home in Madrid.
One of Trifa's closest aides
is Stelian Stanicel, a De-
troiter who is a former Iron
Guard officer. Reportedly
trained by the Gestapo in
Germany, Stanicel was sen-
tenced to death in absentia
by a Romanian court in 1941.
"At least 20 other Trif a
henchmen were sentenced in
absentia to long prison terms
for their roles in an Iron
Guard bloodbath that took
the lives of several hundred
Romanian civilians, many of
them Jews," wrote Meskil.
Meskil also quoted Nazi
hunter Simon Wiesenthal as
saying that a few well-to-do

CANS Organizers Disband Food
Distribution Program as JFCS
Gives Increased Aid to Needy

The CANS program is over.
A spokeman for the volun-
teer food delivery service,
founded eight months ago to
provide assistance to Detroit
Jewish families in financial
distress, said the last deliv-
ery will take place Sunday.
With the Jewish Family
and Children's Service pro-
viding increased assistance
to families on limited in-
come—and in some cases
providing monthly subsidies
—the CANS program is no
longer needed, said Sheila
Ordin, who spearheaded the
volunteer effort under the
auspices of Cooperative
Although CANS' is being
disbanded, Cooperative Coun-
cil will continue sponsorship
of the "We Are Concerned"
program, said Mrs. Ordin,
chairman of the service
arm of the League of Jewish
Women's Organizations. The
We Are Concerned program
will spearhead efforts in the
area of transportation and
other needs, she said.
In a thank-you letter to
some 388 organizations and
Individuals who assisted with
CANS, Mrs. Ordin said that
Cooperative Council will
"work closely and in full co-
operation with the Jewish
Family and Children's Serv-
ice, who shares our concern
for those in need of financial
and counseling service."
The letter was addressed
"To you, who carried cans
to your meetings. To you,
who carried those cans to
the Bnai Brith offices. To
you, who gave us money to


pd poi adv

buy the food needed that was
not donated. To you, who
came to carry, pack and put
away the food. To you, who
came early Sunday mornings
to make the deliveries. To
you, who have become Wally
involved by adopting families.
To you, who backed us and
advised ns and helped us in
many unknown ways."
Since November, there have
been 1,225 deliveries of food,
Mrs. Ordin said. Close to
525.000 was spent both on
food purchases and subsidies,
in addition to donations of
canned goods. Most of that
amount was contributed by
-Mrs. Ordin said that 116
of the families assisted by
CANS have been given vary-
ing forms of aid by JFCS,
and some 50 are getting
monthly subsidies from the
In a letter to the CANS
recipients, the Cooperative
Council, said that those who
have had no contact with
JFCS but are in need should
contact Helen` Samberg at
JFCS',. DI 1-5959. "They are
prepared to discuss your
situation with you and to de-
termine how they can be
most helpful to you," the
letter said.
"As friends, we hope we
have been of help to you and
we thank you for the coop-
eration you have given us
and the welcome you have
given to our volunteers when
making deliveries."
Coordinators of the program
with Mrs. Ordin were Doro-
thy Cole, Eve Gordon and
Marilyn S h a k n e. Barney
Kasoff did all shopping and
kept the shelves stocked.
Dennis Rice, director of the
Bnai Brith, was cited for pro-
viding the storage and dis-
tribution area in the Bnai
Brith building.

right-wing extremists are re-
sponsible for the Nazi migra-
tion to America. Wiesenthal
told Meskil:
"The question is, who was
the sponsor for these people?
We have an idea it was one
man (in each nationality
group) who brought all these
people' to the United States—
one Lithuanian, especially
and one Latvian."
Meskil added: "Also one
Romanian is believed respon-
sible for importing at least
50 members of the Nazi-like
Iron Guard . . ."
He said professional Nazi
trackers and war crimes re-
searchers believe that from
500 to 2,000 Nazi and pro-
Nazi war criminals have
found haven in the U.S.
Other alleged war crimi-
nals named in Meskil's series
included Karl Linnas, sen-
tenced to death in absentia
for war crimes in Estonia,
where he was commander

Factory Sealed, Factory Fresh

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8—Friday, July 26, 1974

After the war, he moved to
Jordan, where he became a
citizen and adopted an
Arabic name. He came to the Southfield
of the Tartu concentration U.S. in 1955.
camp; Boleslaus Maikovskis,
a former Latvian police of-
ficial who was sentenced to
death in absentia by a Soviet
war crimes tribunal; and
Tscherim Soobzokov, alleged-
ly a member of the SS.
Soobzokov, chief inspector
for the purchasing depart-
ment of Passaic County and
a close friend of New Jersey
RES. 642-6836
CALL BUS. MI 4-1930
officeholders, is a native of
the Caucasus in the USSR.





Jewish Press Absent
From NY Book Fair

than 275 small book and
magazine publishers of con-
troversial and special interest
material displayed their
wares at a first New York
book fair, but its coordinator
insisted that the virtual total
absence of Jewish publica-
tions had not been due to any
policy of exclusion. - The
three-day event at the New
York Cultural Center attract-
ed some 10,000 visitors.
Only one Jewish publica-
tion, Jewish Currents, a left-
wing periodical, was repre-
sented at the fair, which wel-
comed literary, political,
feminist and minority publi-
cations of all viewpoints.
There were no exhibits - by
pro - Arab or anti - Zionist
groups but some publishers
— such as the Trotskyist
Pathfinder Press and the
Communist International
Publishers—presented books
and pamphlets with a hard-
line anti-Zionist bias.
"We certainly didn't de-
liberately exclude the Jewish
press from the fair," Jackie
Eubanks, a librarian at the
Brooklyn College Liberation
Library and fair coordinator,
told Sue Macy, Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency reporter. "In
fact, we did send notices to
various Jewish organizations
announcing the fair," she

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