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October 25, 1985 - Image 57

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-10-25

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Author Urges Congress
To Reopen Nazi Probe

BY SHERWOOD D. KOHN

Special to The Jewish News

A Boston attorney, author of a The State Department had its
book entitled The Belarus own spy agency back in those
Secret, last week urged Congress days; the. OPC, Office of Polciy
to conduct a full investigation Coordination. The OPC and the
into the presence of thousands of British were jointly running
eastern European Nazis in the these guerrilla warfare pro-
United States and the -part grams against the Communists.
played by American intelligence
"The joke was that our British
agencies in bringing them here counterpart was Kim Philby,
after World War H.
the Soviet spy. So the use of
The attorney, John Loftus, 35, these Nazi groups behind the
is a former trial lawyer for the Iron Curtain was an absolute
Justice Department's Office of disaster for our intelligence pro-
Special Investigations. His 1982 gram. We lost almost everything
book, an account of how gov- we had.
ernment agencies — primarily
"We used Nazi emigre groups
the State Department's Office of from virtually every country is
Policy Coordination — smuggled Eastern Europe," said Loftus.
Nazis into the United States, "There were 'certain operations,
trained them as guerrillas with like the Albanian operation,
the intention of shipping them that have come out in the public
back to fight Communism in domain. We sent, 500 people
Europe and have protected them across the border- into Albania
ever since from investigation back in 1949, and' there were
and deportation, sparked a Sixty massacres shortly afterwards.
Minutes-probe into a 1977 Gov- This group was actually con-
ernment Accounting Office re- suming more than half of the
porton the matter.
The GAO report said in effect
that the accusations of govern-
ment agency involvement were
One Justice •
insignificant. "The report con-
Department
official
cluded," wrote Loftus, "that the
GAO had conducted. an exten- speculated that as
sive search of all the intelli-
many as 10,000
gence agencies' files and of the
29 background dossiers dis- Nazis remain at
covered . . . that none of the
documents disclosed derogatory large in this
information. Stymied for lack of
country.
evidence, the subcommittee
terminated its inquiry."
Shortly after Loftus' book ap-
peared, the Sixty Minutes TV
show aired charges that the CIA's budget without the CIA
GAO had been lied to by the knowing where the money was
agencies it had investigated. going." -
Loftus said tha government
Rep. Peter W. Rodin Jr. (D.
N.J.), chairman of the • House agency involvement in similar
Judiciary Committee, asked that clandestine projects took place
the investigation be reopened. It between 1948 and 1952, and
was, and Loftus was scheduled was initiated by CIA chief Allen
to testify before the Subcommit- Dulles and his planning direc-
tee on Immigration and Interna- tor, Frank Wisner. Most of the
tional Law, regarding the GAO's eastern European Nazis hid out
report. Also scheduled were in U.S. and British refugee
GAO officials and Neal Sher, di- camps.
"It's such an embarrassing
rector of the Justice Depart-
ment's- Office of Special Investi- problem," said Loftus, "because
a lot of our allies were much
gations.
, "Although the GAO and the more at fault than we were. We
Justice Department tried very also protected major war crimi-
hard, Loftus told The Jewish nals from Nuremberg. We hid
them.
News' in an exclusiv- e pre-
"I think that the situation is
testimony interview, "They've
missed'most of the important in- so severe that this subcommittee
formation: that the number of should continue its •work and
Nazis who emigrated to America should call intelligence agencies
was much larger than has been to account directly."
Loftus said tha he had re-
reported already, and that the
ceived the impression that the
degree of government assistance
was more extensive than had subcommittee, under the chair-
thanship of Rep. Louis R. Maz-
been reported."
zoli (D-Ky.) wanted to keep its
Loftus said that one Justice
investigation of the GAO report
Department official speculated
recently that as many as 10,000 to a minimum. ,
"I would like Congress-to hold
Nazis remain at large in this
hearings and explore this mat-
country. Most of them, he ex-
plained, were eastern 'European ter fully, he paid. "If they held
Nazis responsible for some of full hearings, at least we could
the worst atrocities, killing - go after the Americans who re-
thousands of Jews.
cruited the Nazis and hold them
up as examples to the present
"They were to be trained here intelligence community ao that
for operations behind the Iron they would never try it again.
Curtain," he said. "A lot of them
"America's a great country,"
did psychological warfare work said Loftus, "and we're the ones
for organizations like Radio Lib- who have the guts to admit our
erty and Radio Free Europe.
mistakes and correct them."

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