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June 13, 1986 - Image 50

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-06-13

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, June 13, 1986

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NEWS

U.S. Cautious About
Waldheim Victory

The State Department had
Washington (JTA) — The
launched an inquiry of its own.
Reagan Administration reacted
cautiously to the election last But spokesman Bernard Kalb,
asked for a reaction to Wald-
Sunday of Kurt Waldheim as
President of Austria, after heim's election, made no men-
tion of the status of the
allegations of involvement in
war crimes had thrust the can- investigation.
However, in another devel-
didate's campaign into an inter-
opment, a growing number of
national arena.
representatives for American
"The people of Austria have
Jewish organizations — secular,
made their choice in a free and
democratic election," White religious and fraternal — issued
House spokesman Larry-Speake,r statements denouncing Wald-
said in a statement.
heim's election.
Speakes announced that
Kenneth Bialkin, chairman of
President Reagan would send
the Conference of Presidents of
"the usual diplomatic letter to Major American Jewish Organ-
the new President" congratulat- izations, said that Attorney
ing him on his victory. At the General Edwin Messe should
same time, he told reporters
continue his investigation of the
that the Justice Department Nazi record of Waldheim and
was continuing an investigation that Waldheim should be placed
to determine whether the form- on the so-called "watch list"
er United Nations Secretary- barring him from the U.S.
General should be barred from
"At least the American
the United States. But he government would be officially
stressed that "the President has on record concerning Mr. Wald-
not prejudged the allegations." heim's Nazi past, and any of-
Not yet informed that the ficial honors being considered
Socialist Austrian Chancellor for him would be evaluated in
Fred Sinowatz had resigned that light," said Bialkin.
following Waldheim's victory,
Theodore Ellenoff, president
Speakes noted that the Chan- of the American Jewish Com-
cellor was scheduled to visit the mittee, declared that the fact
United States June 24. But he
would not comment on whether
Waldheim was likely to receive The Justice
an invitation to the U.S. as well. Department will
The President in Austria, as in
Israel, has no real power over meet Waldheim's
the government, which is head- attorneys.
ed by the Chancellor.
The Justice Department,
meanwhile, said it would go
"that a majority of the Austrian
ahead with plans to meet at-
electorate could choose to ignore
torneys representing Waldheim • both Dr. Waldheim's wartime
in the U.S., in' order to hear
involvement in Nazi operations
arguments in the presi-
in the Balkans and his subse-
dent-elect's defense.
quent unbridled deceit about
Members of Congress and
this period represents a truly
others had criticized the Justice
sad day in Austrian history."
Department for delaying a deci-
Rabbi Alexander Schindler,
sion until after the elections, so
president of the Union of
as to avoid the appearance of in-
American Hebrew Congrega-
terfering in Austria's domestic
tions, the association of
affairs. Some had suggested
American Reform Synagogues,
that the agency was deliberate-
commented that "the country
ly dragging its feet until the
that gave us Hitler has now
election results could determine
chosen one of his earliest
whether the matter should be
followers as its President."
swept under the carpet.
Henry Siegman, executive
Waldheim's election cam-
director of the American Jewish
paign was dominated by revela-
Congress, declared that by elec-
tions, primarily from the World
ting as their 'President "a man
Jewish Congress, that the
with a Nazi past," the people of
former UN official had conceal-
Austria "knowingly and delib-
ed his wartime role as an officer
erately associated themselves
with the Wehrmacht army in
with that past," and, by doing
the Balkans, where he was at-
so, "by their own actions and
tached to a group responsible
their own choice, Austrians
for atrocities against Yugoslav
have covered themselves with
partisans and linked to the
shame."
deportation of thousands of
Sidney Kwestel, president of
Greek Jews to death camps.
the Union of Orthodox Jewish
Among the revelations was a
Congregations of America, said
UN document accusing Wald-
Waldheim's election was "a sad
heim of war crimes.
testimonial to the fact that there
The Justice Department in-
are many in this world who still
vestigation was undertaken last
wish to forget the Holocaust."
month, after Neal Sher, head of
Kwestel said that during the
the agency's Office of Special in-
past three months during which
vestigations, recommended that
charges were being made
Waldheim be placed on the
against Waldheim, "almost no
"watch list" barring individuals
non-Jewish groups have spoken
accused of war crimes from
out against Waldheim."
entering the country.
Waldheim swept to a decisive

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