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January 18, 1985 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-01-18

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Friday, January 18, 1985




Washington lesson

Continued from preceding page

and carried with her a truly
startling beauty. But . . . she has
shown that she knows what is re-
quired to be a serious person over
the long run.
"Perhaps," concludes Garment,
"our officials should begin to view

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her not merely as an incon-
veniently grieving wife but as a
tactician who has a few lessons to
teach about dealng with the
people we are about to face across
the table."


Court rules not to deport
alleged Nazi war criminal

New York (JTA) — An appeals
court in San Francisco ruled last
week that there exists "insuffi-
cient evidence" to support the
Justice Department's contention
that alleged Nazi war criminal
Edgars Laipenieks was person-
ally responsible for the deaths of
200 prisoners at the central prison
in Riga during World War II.
The Department's Office of Spe-
cial Investigations filed a depor-
tation complaint against him in
June 1981. An official of the Im-
migration and Naturalization
Service said, after the ruling was
handed down, that he expected
the Justice Department to pursue
the case to the Supreme Court.
Judge Thomas Tang, writing on
behalf of the majority opinion of
the three-member, stated:
"In sum, we find insufficient
evidence to support . . . determi-
nation that the government es-
tablished by clear, convincing and
unequivocal evidence that
Laipenieks assisted or partici-
pated in the persecution of per-
sons because of their political be-
"While we certainly do not con-
done the treatment that prisoners
apparently received at the (Riga)
prison, we do not find Laipenieks'
admission sufficient to support
The Simon Wiesenthal Center
of Los Angeles immediately as-
sailed the court's decision. Rabbi
Marvin Hier, dean of the Center,
said, "This is a classic example
that the only winners of the cold

war between the Soviet Union
and the United States are Nazi
war criminals. Laipenieks gained
entry into this country as a CIA
informer and anti-Communist
when the U.S. was willing to over-
look his previous crimes."

The 71-year-old former Lat-
vian police official, born in the
Latvian town of Rucava, gained
entry to the U.S. in March 1960.
He had previously been in Chile
presumably since the end of
World War II. In Chile, he was a
track coach for the team that
entered the 1952 and 1956 Olym-
pic Games. He also coached the
Mexican track team for the 1964
Laipenieks claimed to have
joined the Nazis after the Rus-
sians killed his parents and
father-in-law. Between 1941 and
1943, he is reported to have
worked for the Latvian Security
Police, an organization assigned
to duty at the Riga prison. He was
charged by surviving witnesses
who still live in Latvia with par-
ticipating in the beating and kil-
lings of unarmed inmates, includ-
ing Jewish prisoners.
Laipenieks currently lives in
La Jolla, Calif. where he is em-
ployed as a security guard at a
construction site. He admitted in
past testimony that he had been
employed by the CIA in the 1960s
in efforts in recruit visiting Soviet
athletes to defect. It is unclear
when or if his employment for the
CIA was terminated.

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On Human Rights Day, Dec: 10, a seminar entitled "Zionism is Racism
— An Assault on Human Rights," co-sponsored by the World Zionist
Organization, the World Jewish Congress and B'nai B'rith
International was held at the State Departnient in Washington, D.C.
Shown left •to right: Bernice Tannenbaum, WZO-American Section
chairman; U.S. Anibassador to the UN, Jean Kirkpatrick; and
Ambassador Meir Rosenne, Israel's Ambassador to the United States.

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