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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-02-11

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Klarsfeld Corroborates WSU Prof. on U.S. Protection of Barbie


PARIS (JTA) — Serge Klarsfeld, the Nazi-hunter who
was the first to locate Klaus Barbie in Bolivia in 1971, said
Monday that the former Gestapo chief had been an Ameri-
can agent in the immediate post-war years.
Wayne State University Professor Erhard Dabrin-
ghaus told NBC News Saturday night that as a U.S. intelli-
gence agent in Germany after World War II, he transmitted
monthly payments of $1,700 to Barbie in exchange for
information about Soviet forces in Germany. Prof. Dabrin-
ghaus said on two occasions he was ordered not to mention
Barbie to French officials who inquired about him. Dabrin-
ghaus said Rsrhie would not have been able to flee to

Gallery of the
Righteous Who
Risked Their
Lives to Expose
Nazi Terror

Commentary, Page 2

Bolivia without the U.S. payments.
In an interview with Le Monde, Klarsfeld charged
the U.S. with having protected "the Butcher of Lyon"
and of having turned down repeated French requests
that he be handed over to French justice.
Klarsfeld said Barbie apparently joined the American
Secret Service in Dortmund, Germany where the American
forces found him. He served in the anti-Soviet section and
was also used, according to Klarsfeld, in an operation con-
nected with Romania.
The French, according to the Le Monde interview, even
failed to obtain Barbie to come as a witness to France. The

American officers who protected him, Klarsfeld charged,
refused to let him go unless the French undertook to return
him to the American zone in Germany immediately after
the case.
The Americans also turned down an official French
diplomatic request in 1950 in Washington. The State De-
partment told the French Ambassador that the American
occupation forces could "no longer locate" Barbie.
The former deputy head of the Lyon Gestapo was
returned to France Saturday and is detained in the
same prison where he held thousands of French resis-
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An Attempt at a
`Decision' While
the Urgency of
Unified Concerns


A Weekly Review

of Jewish Events

Editorial, Page 4

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Israel Public Opinion Is Firm
Behind Beirut Inquiry Report

JERUSALEM-- Israel public opinion was firm this week in the
wake of the report of the inquiry commission into last fall's mas-
sacre of Palestinian civilians in Beirut.
Demonstrations were held outside the Prime Minister's office
both for and against Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, but most obser-
vers, newspapers and public figures called for the government of
Prime Minister Menahem Begin to follow the commission's findings
and oust Sharon for not showing concern in advance and not halting
the • massacre of Palestinian civilians by Christian Phalangist
A decision by the Israeli Cabinet was expected Thursday eve-
The Cabinet's session Wednesday was described as one of
the most tense ever held. Ministers were said to be deeply
divided on the steps to be taken. Sharon left the meeting after
about two hours to attend a previously-arranged reception
for the defense minister of Zaire, Rear Admiral Lomponda,
who arrived on an official visit Tuesday.
A surprising development shortly before the meeting was the
announcement by the political committee of the Agudat Israel Party
opposing implementation of the inquiry report.
Shlomo Lorencz said that Agudat Israel had been against estab-
lishment of the commission and was against its findings, which it
said could only be bad for Israel and the Jewish people as it would


cast a general slur as an admission of guilt.
Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who ret-ured from Germany
shortly before the Cabinet session, having cancelled his planned
visits to Belgium and Luxembourg, declined to comment until after
he had read and studied the report. He and other ministers were in
favor of a postponement of a decision until at least next week, by
which the time the Herut Central Committee could have met and
hammered out a policy.
The possibility of the government's "tactical resignation"
appeared to loom large on Wednesday as the way out of the
impasse caused by Sharon's refusal to resign and Begin's
reluctance to dismiss him. By "tactical resignation" coalition
politicians mean that Premier Begin would resign, thereby
automatically triggering the resignation of the whole gov-
ernment, and then the same government would be reconsti-
tuted — minus Sharon. A variation of this scenario is that
Sharon might be able to stay on in the Cabinet, but not as
defense minister.
The condition for the successful implementation of this scheme
is the loyalty of the four small parties which are Likud's partners in
the coalition. Within Likud the fears are that the National Reli-
gious Party and Tami could be the "weak links" in the scheme, and
could be wooed away by Labor from their alliance with Likud.


(Continued on Page 3)


JWF Forum Speakers See Long-Term Israeli Gains

* *

Students Query Carl Levin
on Lebanon, Oil at Forum


Participants in the Middle East Forum included, from left, former Ambassador Joseph Sisco, U.S.
Senator Henry Jackson, former Ambassador Sol Linowitz, moderator Merle Harris at the podi
Detroit News Editor William Giles, Detroit Free Press Executive Editor David Lawrence Jr. and newscas-
ter Byron MacGregor of WKBD-TV and WWJ Radio.
He said Israel now has greater assurance that its
Upbeat assessments of the Middle East situation northern borders will be free of threats and there is a
were offered Sunday by former U.S. envoys Joseph Sisco brighter future for Israel-Lebanon relations; Lebanon
and Sol Linowitz, and U.S. Senator Henry Jackson at now has an opportunity to put its own house in order;
the Jewish Welfare Federation-Allied Jewish Cam- and the U.S. has a fresh opportunity for Mideast diplo-
paign community forum at Adat Shalom Synagogue.
macy because "the environment has been altered in a
Sisco's assessment of the aftermath of the events in significant way."
The PLO, he said, was significantly weakened
Lebanon was very favorable to Israel. He summarized
his 30-minute speech at the outset by stating, "The militarily and politically.
Sisco told the audience of more than 2,000 who
Christian massacre of Palestinian civilians in two Be-
irut refugee camps has tended to blur the long term packed Adat Shalom's main sanctuary and watched on
(Continued on Page 26)

Questions on the Lebanon crisis, energy, defense spend-
ing and on topics concerning Jews and Israel were asked by
youth in grades eight-12 in the student session of Sunday's
Jewish Welfare Federation-sponsored forum on "The United
States and Israel in 1983: Time of Decision" at Adat Shalom
More than 250 students from the area's religious schools
fired questions at session leader Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).
James Safran, president of the Junior Division of Federation,
was the moderator.
Participating religious schools included those of
Cong. Beth Shalom, Adat Shalom Synagogue, Cong.
Bnai David, Cong. Beth Abraham Hillel Moses, Cong.
Shaarey Zedek, and the United Hebrew Schools High
School, Jewish Parents Institute and the Independent
Hebrew High School. Unaffiliated students or those
studying in religious schools not participating in the
forum attended on their own accord.
Prior to taking questions from the students, Sen. Levin
talked about the Levin family's role in civic affairs, citing his
own involvements, the election of his brother Sander to Con-
gress and other Levin relatives who are among the area's
noted judges.
(Continued on Page 25)

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