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December 05, 1975 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-12-05

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14 Number 5, 1875

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Wiesenthal Challenges Kreisky on Nazi Issue

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A: Now it became a per-
sonal matter of Kreisky. He
puts his weight behind the


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Q: What is Kreisky accus-
ing you of?

A: He said that I am run-
ning a Mafia, a private pol-
ice, and insinuated that I
have been a Nazi agent dur-
ing the war and therefore
escaped the concentration
camps. Consequently, Aus-
trian democracy cannot per-
mit the prolongation of this.


Q: How does Kreisky jus-
tify his allegations?
A: In 1968, I published a
dossier on Polish anti-
Semitism, which resulted
in a heavy propaganda
assault from the East.
Kreisky draws from these
sources his unfound alle-
gations. He also said that
he would never have
granted me Austrian citi-
zenship if lw would have
had anything to say at the
time it was granted to me.




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Q: What could Kreisky credit Wiesenthal, the man
gain from your character who for 30 years has relent-
lessly exposed Nazis. He is
A: There are 300,000 credited with having helped
former Nazis in Austria. to hunt down Eichmann and
These are valuable votes about 3,500 other Nazis and
which Kreisky needed to recently has even opened a
win the elections. After the file on Interpol, the interna-
war there were about tional police agency.
600,000 Nazis.
Kreisky's hatred for
Q: What happened to the
Wiesenthal is nothing
other 300,000?
A: Only a fraction of them short of pathological. His
were brought to trial, the attacks are hysterical. His
rest found the natural biol- allegations do not include
ogical solution, they died a facts, but smearing gener-
alities, such as 'Mafia',
natural death in freedom.
Q: Are the former Nazis `Private Police' and hints.
in Austria now active in Kreisky knows the trut
public life? In the govern- and so do his comrades,
but he shouts: 'Political
ment? In the police?
murder'. He still remem-
A: They are everywhere.
Q: Was it not Kreisky who bers that five years ago
capitualated to the Arab Wiesenthal forced the res-
ignation of a minister in
terrorists at the time?
A: Yes, he decided to close Kreisky's cabinet by
the Schoenau Camp run by charging that he had been
the Jewish Agency, which an SS officer.
served as a transit camp for
Like the conjurer on the
Jewish emigrants from Rus- stage, he has to distract all
sia to the free world.
attention from the real is-
Q: What do you intend to sue. By using every possible
do now?
emotion, by mixing pa-
A: I shall continue to triotic appeal with hate,
fight. Many individuals in demagogy and slander, he
Austria and even political tries to rouse primitive emo-
supporters of Kreisky have tions of the masses and
written protest letters to fights a war of nerves. For
he cannot disprove facts.
Q. What kind of support What he tries to do is to as-
to you expect?
sassinate the character of
A: The people should be an innocent man.
informed of the nature of
To divert public attention
the attack on me. - I need the
people's and the Jewish or- from himself he needs a
ganizations' support. They bogeyman—a 'dangerous
should write protest letters enemy'; and what is more
to Kreisky, as a group of convenient than a Jew?
academics has done in Aus- Worse still, he is giving anti-
Semitism stimulus and the
Q. Could you send me the only beneficiaries of the
documentation you have on hate campaign are the Nazis
the Nazi past of Freidrich and Neo-Nazis in Austria
Peter, the exposure of which and elsewhere. And Peter —
caused the recent attacks on he is turned into a martyr.
your character?
Ironically, Kreisky is a
A: I'll send it by express
born Jew, but he does not
Two days later I had the consider himself to be one
documentation. After pe- and denies the existence of a
rusal of the file, I arrived Jewish People. He said to
at the conclusion that the the Israeli reporter Seev
documentation is unim- Bart: "If there exists a Jew-
ish nation, then it is an ugly
Freidrich Peter, born July one."'
13, 1921 in Attnang-Puch- Kreisky may delude him-
heim, served in the 10th re- self, but he can rest assured
giment of the 1st Infantry that those he tries to protect
Brigade of the SS and was and befriend will remind
Ober-Sturmfuhrer. as of him of his ancestry in due
Sept. 14, 1944. His regi- course. It has happened Be-
ment, among other atroci- fore.
ties, took part in the
Meanwhile, the Anti-
"Swampfever" action which,
according to records, had Defamation League of
shot 389 bandits, 1,274 sus- Bnai Brith called on the
pects tried and shot, 8,350 Austrian Parliament last
Jews executed and 1,217 week to waive Kreisky's
persons evacuated. Now he immunity so that he may
is the leader of the right- testify in the slander suit
wing Freiheitlichen Partei brought against him by
of Austria.
Before the October elec-
According to Seymou
tions, Kreisky, the leader of Reich, chairman of ADL's
the Socialists, considered a European affairs commit-
coalition with Peter's party, tee, "Millions of people .. .
and the exposure of Peter have a right to know the
revealed that Herr Kreisky source and nature of Chan-
neither suffers from scru- cellor Kreisky's most ser-
ples nor "prejudice", but ious allegation."
pursues a "Realpolitik" to
Referring to some 3,500
stay in power.
The exposure, however, war criminals — foremost
had repercussions in his among them Adolf Eich-
own party. Many of his so- mann — who have faced
cialist party members and trial after being located by
supporters are anti-Nazis, or with the aid of Wiesen-
who were disturbed by their thal's Nazi Documentation
Center, Reich said that Wie-
leader's opportunism.
As Kreisky had no moral senthal's record since the
defense. he decided to dis- war has been "exemplary."

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