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November 19, 1976 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-11-19

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Friday, November 19, 1976 15

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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U.S. Government Beginning INS Proceedings
Against Three Alleged Nazi War Criminals

NEW YORK (JTA) — A first against Nazi war
hearing criminals in 20 years, were
deportation
also scheduled Monday
Boleslays
against
against two other Latvian
Maikovskis, a former
Latvian Nazi policeman immigrants, Karlis De-
accused of war crimes, tlays, 65, in Baltimore, and
was postponed Monday Bronius Kaminskas, 73, in
until February in order Hartford.
for the government to
At a brief hearing in
clarify charges and to
Baltimore before federal
give Maikovskis' lawyer
immigration officer Mar-
time to answer them.
tin Travers, Detlays de-
Judge Francis Lyons nied he took part in any
2red William Strasser,
massacres of Latvian
Immigration and Jews. The case against
Naturalization Service him was adjourned. No
trial attorney, to revise date was set.
the government's
The INS ordered the
charges making them three men on Oct. 13 to
more specific. He said appear and show cause
that Joseph Lombardo, why they should not be
Makovskis' attorney, deported for concealing
must then file a plea to alleged war crimes when
the charges by Jan. 10 they applied for U.S. en-
and a hearing will be set try.
sometime in February.
Maikovskis, 75, has
The INS action, which
been living in Mineola, came after investigators
Long Island, and working returned from Israel
as a carpenter since en- where they had inter-
tering the United States viewed witnesses, was
in December, 1951. The the first time the gov-
government has charged ernment has on its own
that he lied about his initiative taken deporta-
Nazi past when entering tion action against per-
sons accused of war
the U.S.
Similar hearings, the crimes.

*

* *

Jews Protest Nazi's Release

ROME (JTA) — Jewish
demonstrators, led by
Rome's Chief Rabbi Elio
Toaff, protested vigor-,
ously Sunday against the
decision by a military tri-
bunal to release a Nazi
war criminal serving a
life sentence for ordering
the massacre of 335 civi-
lian hostages in March,
1944 in reprisal for an at-
tack by partisans on an
SS squad.
de-
250
About
monstrators marched to
the Ardeatine Caves on
the southern outskirts of
the city, where the mas-
sacre took place 33 years
ago. Rome's mayor sup-
ported the de-
monstrators.
Later they were joined
by several hundred more
protestors in a march to
the military hospital
where former SS Col.
Herbert Kappler, 69, is
said to be suffering with
terminal cancer.
Kappler, who has served
29 years of his life term,
had his sentence sus-
pended temporarily last
March after West German
Chancellor Helmut
chmidt interceded on his
'ehalf. The tribunal's de-
cision to release him was
attributed by the protes-
tors to pressure from West
Germany, one of Italy's
major creditors.
While Rabbi Toaff
spoke to the duty officer
at the military hospital,
about 50 young de-
monstrators broke
through the gates. But
they were stopped by
police. Some de-
monstrators said they
would remain at the hos-
pital compound through
the night to make sure
that Kappler was not in
any of the ambulances
leaving it.
Sources close to Kap-
pler's lawyer said the

ex-Nazi wished to return
to West Germany. The
tribunal ordered his re-
lease on grounds that he

Except for newsmen, the
only other person in the
audience at the New York
hearing was Tuvia Fried-
man, who is head of the
Nazi Documentation
Center in Haifa. He said he
discovered Maikovskis in
Mineola 13 years ago.

When Maikovskis and
his attorney entered the
court room they first sat
behind Friedman. He
turned to Maikovskis and
showed him a picture
taken 35 years ago of a
man in a SS uniform and
asked him first in Rus-
sian and then German if
that was him. Maikovskis
replied, "Speak to my
lawyer." Lombardo told
Friedman to leave his
client alone.
Later, speaking to
newsmen, Friedman said
he had witnesses,
documentation and other
evidence against
Maikovskis and other ac-
cused Nazi criminals
from the Baltic countries
who are now living in the-
United States. He de-
clared that the Jewish
people were not seeking
revenge "but justice." He
added, "I believe in the
United States there will
be justice."
Maikovskis, who has
been identified as a war-
time member of the Nazi
controlled police depart-
ment in Rezenke has

been charged by the INS
with selecting Jewish
children from the Dwinsk
ghetto for execution in
1943 and with assaulting
Jews in the Riga police
station among other
charges. The three hear-
ings today are expected to
be the beginning of a
series of clases against 80
suspected war criminals
now living in the U.S.

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NEW YORK — En-
gineers, architects, re-
gional and urban plan-
ners and members of as-
sociated professions will
gather in Tel Aviv Dec. 13
for the fourth World Con-
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had passed the 28-year
minimum before parole
can be considered, that he
had a good conduct record
in prison and that he was
seriously ill.
Israel asked Italy
Wednesday to keep Kap-
pier in prison. Foreign
Minister Yigal Allon de-
scribed Kappler as "scum
of the earth to be held in
eternal contempt."

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