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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-08-26

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U.S. Report on 'Klaus Barbie Called Incomplete

By CHARLES ALLEN, JR.

NEW YORK (JTA) — The report released last week titled "Klaus Barbie and the
United States Government" by Allan Ryan, Jr., outgoing director of the Justice Depart-
ment's Office of Special Investigations, is in certain aspects an historic and remark -able
document.

-Yet, a close study of the 216-page report raises some disturbing questions in that it
conspicuously fails to address itself to the issue, even after nearly 40 years of denial and
cover-up, that Nazi war criminals and collaborators had found refuge.— and in numer-
ous, provable instances, employment by goverment agencies — in this country.
The report's historic value comes from the fact that it is the first official admission by
the U.S. Government that it had used and protected from prosecution by an ally — in this
case, France — a wanted notorious war criminal, Klaus Barbie, executioner of French
Jews and resistance movement heroes during World War II.
The report's documentation consists of nearly 600 declassified U.S. Army,
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and State Department intelligence materials

Targets
in Many Spheres
and the Public
guty to Prevent
Spread of
Prejudices

covering the period 1947-1951 when the U.S. Army's Counter Intelligence Corps
(CIC) in Europe knowingly used and protected Barbie.
Despite the crushing evidence that the report offers, showing the shameful duplicity
of the CIC in both using Barbie and protecting him from French justice, Ryan concludes
that it was perfectly "defensible" in 1947 to seek out, recruit and use Barbie. Ryan blames
the then Cold War for such usage.
But from a practical view, Barbie provided no intelligence of worth about Soviet
activity.
The Ryan report glides over this poin't of the qualitative level of the purported
"value" which the CIC found in a Barbie. The "defectors" from the Soviet zone of occupied
Germany and elsewhere in Eastern Europe who were also sought out and recruited
like Barbie — were actually large numbers of fascist collaborators: Iron Guardists from
Romania, Thunder/ Cross vigilantes from Latvia, Ukrainian pogromists of the proscribed
Organization of Ukrainian _ Nationalists (OUN) barred from the benefits of the Interna-
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THE JEWISH NEWS

A Weekly Review

Commentary, Page 2

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The Vision
and the March:
An Inspired
Dream Assuming
Realities

of Jewish Events

Editorial, Page 4

Copyright © The Jewish News Publishing Co.

VOL. LXXXIII, No. 26

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August 26, 1983

i-115-Year PLO-Sandinista Ties
Fled to Persecutions of Jews

ADL Will Distribute
Catalogue in Moscow

NEW YORK (JTA) _A 54-page catalogue listing more than
1,000 book titles, records and educational materials of Jewish
content and interest will be distributed by the Association of
-- Jewish Book Publishers at the Fourth Moscow International
Book Fair in the Soviet Union, Sept. 6-12.
The catalogue, prepared by the Anti-Defamation League of
Bnai Brith, also contains a wealth of supplementary material in
Russian translation.
Included are an article on the range and diversity of
Jewish book publishing in the United States; short descrip-
K2 tions of all the Jewish holidays; Jewish prayers; traditional
Jewish recipes, including one for hamantashen; Jewish
melodies and lyrics; a listing of Jewish Olympic medal win-
mi. ners of all countries from 1896 to 1976, a multi-color fold-out
0 of the alphabet in Hebrew and Russian.
According to Abraham Foxman, ADL's associate national
director and head of its international affairs division, 10,000
- copies of the catalogue have been printed to accommodate the
expected demand. He said a similar catalogue distributed at the
_ fair two years ago "was snapped up by Soviet Jews who mobbed
the exit."
,
Foxman said that ADL regards the display of Jewish bookS
at the Moscow fair every two years as one of the most significant
contributions made by the American Jewish community to the
maintenance of Jewish life and culture in the USSR.
"Soviet Jews demonstrated their feelings in 1981," he de-
clared. Many traveled 10-12 hours and stood in long lines to see
the Jewish books at the fair.

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NEW YORK — A signed feature article on the editorial page of Wednesday's Wall Street Journal
charged that the Sandinista regime's persecution of the tiny Jewish community of Nicaragua was a
direct result of the ties between the Sandinistas and the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Shoshana Bryen charged in her article that "Jews were singled out because the Sandinistas have
been closely linked to the Palestine Liberation Organization for the past 15 years. The Sandinistas
have adopted the ideology' and tactics of their PLO trainers and suppliers, and of the PLO's trainers
and suppliers. The PLO is supported largely by the Soviet Union, which is currently conducting the
latest in a series of intensively anti-Semitic campaigns.
• Mrs. Bryen, identified as "executive director of the Jewish Institute for National Secu-
rity Affairs, an unofficial liaison between the U.S. military services and American Jews,"
described Sandinista terror tactics used against Nicaragua's 50 Jews to hound them out of
the country and illegally confiscate their possessions and synagogue. These charges had
been previously documented and reported by national Jewish organizations in the United
States.
Mrs. Bryen's report documents the
PLO-Sandinista links:
"Support for Israel by (Nicaraguan
dictator Anastasio) Somoza, however, was
one reason the Sandinistas turned to the
GENEVA (JTA). — The Jewish community of Geneva
PLO. for assistance in their revolution in
was reported to be deeply concerned about the possibility
1969. Benito Escobar of the Sandinistas
its members may be in danger when the Conference on
Palestine takes place here, starting Monday.
met that year in Mexico City with three
PLO officials, resulting in the placement
A special committee has been established to set com-
of 52 Sandinistas in Tyre, Lebanon, for
munity policy for the 10-day conference, which ends Sept. 7.
training. Others went to Fatah camps in
The committee advised all Geneva Jews to be "extremely
Algeria.
careful and watchful." But the committee decided a low
profile was advisable, rather than make the warning a
"In 1970, Sandinistas fought with the
major public issue which would probably help the confer-
PLO against King Hussein of Jordan and
ence.
joined a Popular Front for the Liberation

Geneva Jews Fear
Palestine Conference

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(Continued on Page 3)

Jewish Anguish Over Saturday's Washington March

By RABBI MARC H. TANENBAUM — A Seven Arts Feature

MARTIN LUTHER KING CORETTA KING

The Jewish community in the United States is filled with moral anguish over whether and
how to participate in Saturday's anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's historic march on
Washington.
Jewish leaders recall with appreciation Dr. King's statement in 1964, in. which he said, "As a
group, the Jewish citizens of the United States have always stood for freedom, justice and an end to
bigotry. It would be impossible to record the contribution that the Jewish people have made
toward the Negro's struggle for freedom — it has been so great." Dr. King then,refen-ed to the
rabbis and Jewish civil rights activists who were imprisoned with him, beaten, and even killed in
their support of the civil rights movement.
But Saturday's march has created a dilemma for Jewish leaders and for several reasons.
First, in addition to the responsible sponsors of the march, there are several Arab,
Marxist and pro-PLO sponsors who have been viciously anti-Israel and some even
anti-Jewish.
Second, the call to the conference goes far beyond civil rights concerns, and suggests the
possibility that there might be unfair attacks on Israel and Jews.
And finally, the march was scheduled insensitively on a Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath.
Nevertheless, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations has agreed to sponsor the
(Continued on Page 11)

RABBI TANENBAUM

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