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October 21, 1983 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-10-21

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Friday, October 21, 1983 21


Austria Tries 9 Neo-Nazis

VIENNA (JTA) — Nine bombs went off outside two
Austrian neo-Na4is with clothing stores in Vienna
links to far right-wing polit- and Salzburg which belong
ical parties and groups in to a Jewish-owned chain.
A powerful bomb planted
Austria and West Germany,
the textile district, one a
went on trial here Tuesday.
They are charged with ter- center of the Jewish com-
rorist bombings, Nazi prop- munity in Vienna, was de-
aganda, recruitment of fused before it detonated.
Weil who has served sen-
youths for Nazi organiza-
tions and the establishment . tences in West Germany for
of paramilitary training similar offenses, was shel-
camps. The triaLis expected tered for a time by Austria's
to last about six weeks dur- far right-wing National
ing which 61 witnesses will Democratic Party (NDP)
which turned him over to
A trial in Graz ended the police when they
Monday with the conviction thought he was discovered.
Another defendant,
of four other neo-Nazis for
illegal possession of arms Bruno Hass, is charged
and the vandalization of with neo-Nazi activities.
memorials to victims of the He is a leading member of
the NDP and head of the
Nazi regime in Austria.
The state police said they Action New Right (ANR),
believe that the hard core of a Nazi group which oper-
neo-Nazis in Austria con- ates on university cam-
sists of no more than 200 puses. Gottfried Heinrich
persons who are under sur- Kuessel, who faces the
veillance, but the connec- same charges as Haas, is
tions between neo-Nazis a former member of the
and the far right has promp- Free Party, an alliance of
ted several government liberals and right-
ministers to call for stricter wingers that is the ruling
laws to ban extremist politi- Socialist Party's coali-
tion partner in the pre-
cal parties.
One of the principal de- sent government.
Kuessel worked for the
fendants in the Vienna
trial is 34-year-old Ek- ANR recruiting young soc-
kehart Weil, who is cer fans. He and his com-
charged with terrorist at- rades are believed responsi-
tacks on several houses ble for provoking anti-
Semitic incidents at recent
and shops in Vienna.
Weil is believed responsi- soccer matches.
Three other defendants
ble for the bombs which
exploded within a period of are accused of supporting
a few weeks last year out- Weil in his terrorist bomb-
side the homes of Nazi- ings by supplying the explo-
hunter Simon Wiesenthal sives or fabricating the
and Alexander Giese, a bombs.
At a Socialist Party cul-
rominent journalist. Other

tural meeting in Wels last
week, Education Minister
Helmut Zilk and Interior
Minister Karl Blecha, said
the party would introduce a
bill in Parliament that
would close loopholes in the
law which allow neo-Nazi
and fascist parties to run
candidates in university
and parliamentary elec-
In another develop-
ment, Bahij Younis, a
Palestinian terrorist
convicted in the attack on
a synagogue. and Jewish
community center in
Vienna two years ago
and sentenced to life im-
prisonment, will get a
new trial because of a
technical error in select-
ing the jury for his first
Two people were killed
and 20 were injured in the
assault in August 1981.
Younis was implicated by
the two terrorists who car-
ried out the attack.


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NEW YORK (JTA) — It the freedom of his family,
has been three months since who had refused emigra-
11-year-old Samantha tion to Israel even. prior
Smith of Maine visited the to his birth. Samantha
Soviet Union at the invita- never saw Andropov dur-
tion of Soviet leader Yuri ing her trip.
In June, 12-year-old
Andropov after having
written to him, but her trip Irinia Tarnopolsky of
continues to fire the imagi- Kharkov wrote to Andropov
nation of children whose to defend her father who
families remain trapped in was about to stand trial for
the USSR. "anti-Soviet slander" after
On Oct. 9, according to watching a Soviet TV inter-
the Student Struggle for view with Samantha. There
Soviet Jewry (SSSJ), nine- was no response, and her
year-old Mikhail Kon- father was sentenced to
drashin and his 10-year-old three years.
sister Kira of Moscow
'Detroiter Wins
mailed a letter to President
Reagan asking to be invited Israel Tourney
to meet him in the White
House and seeking his aid to troiter Aaron Krickstein,
emigrate to Israel where the 16-year-old American
they could freely speak He- tennis sensation, who won
brew and celebrate the Sab- the $75,000 Israel Tennis
bath. "We also want to visit Center Grand Prix in Tel
America so we can see Walt Aviv last Saturday when he
Disney cartoons," they defeated Christoph Zips of
West German 7-5, 6-3, has
Mikhail, Kira and their been named junior player of
mother Inna Br8khina have 1983 by Tennis magazine.
been refused exit since
Krickstein is the
youngest ever winner of an
This is the third known international tennis tour-
letter by children sent in nament.
In September, Krickstein
the wake of the
Samantha Smith episode, defeated the world's top
the SSSJ said. In May, junior, Stefan Edberg of
nine-year-old Avi Golds- Sweden, in the opening
tein of Tbilisi wrote to round of the U.S. open.
Samantha, asking her to
Men are judged by the
deliver a message di-
rectly to Andropov for success of their efforts.

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