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April 03, 1987 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-04-03

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NEWS

WARNING

FOR SECURITY

THESE PREMISES PROTECTED BY

Nazi Cover-Up

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"Security is our middle name"

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for three years, until OSI
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found it.in 1979.
In 1981, Demjanjuk, a sub-
urban Cleveland auto worker,
was found guilty in federal
court of lying on his visa,
covering up his past, and
being Ivan the Terrible. The
decision was upheld on ap-
peal and he was extradited in
1985. '
Ryan went to Israel to help
prosecutors there prepare the
case last year. "It is a pro-
ceeding that is being con-
ducted/ in the eyes of the
world," he says. "It is a fair c
trial . . . The prosecution,
now, is having its say, the de-
fense will have its say, but
Allan Ryan Jr.
the rights that are being ex-
U.S.
government did not
tended to the defendant ac-
cover the trails of those al-
cord with every protection
leged war criminals. "No one
that we would recognize in
was covering up for the
this country."
Nazis. What was happening
He said the Israeli trial
was similar to the U.S. pro•, was far more sinister and far
more corrosive than that,
ceedings. "The most dramatic
which is we didn't care.
testimony has come from the
There was no need to cover
witnesses, from the survivors,
up, because nobody — nobody
many of whom are the very
in the media, nobody in Con-
same people who testified at
gress, nobody in the public —
the trial in Cleveland."
was calling for anything-to be
"In all of this trial, one has
done ... Nazis did not come
to be struck by the intensity
into this country through the
of the witnesses. Forty-four
back door, hidden by the CIA
years ago, Treblinka was de-
or hidden by the State De-
stroyed (following an inmate
partment, or some faceless
uprising and escape). Forty-
conspiracy, or bureaucrats.
four years have not dimmed
They didn't have to. Our laws
the passion, the emotion, the
made it so easy for them to
intensity that these sur-
come in the front door that
vivors, this small band of
there was no reason for any-
_ survivors, maintain."
thing to be covered up. All
If Demjanjuk is convicted
they needed was the ability
of the capital offense, Ryan
that any 12 year-old might
guesses that he will not be
have
to tell a lie ... nobody
executed. "I have a sense that
was protecting Nazis in this
if Demjanjuk is convicted,
country. What was happening
I think he'll get life impris-
was that we were looking at
onment."
the world through the prism
Several audience members
of anti-conimuxiism. We sim-
on. Tuesday asked Ryan about
ply
chose not to care, not to
the consequences of Demjan-
ask the questions, not to say
juk being found innocent. "I
to our senators and con-
think if he were acquitted, as
gressmen, 'What happened to
far -as this country's con-
all those Nazis? They didn't
cerned ... There's no ques-
all die on the 4th of 'May,
tion that those who oppose
1945. — where did they go?'
the office (OS1) will use that
We never asked those ques-
verdict as evidence that Nazi
tions."
/ prosecution should be stopped
Ryan, now a. counsel at
here, too. If they want to
Harvard University, said that
make that argument, in the
the OSI successfully prose-
event he's acquitted, let them
cuted 21 of its 22 cases when
make it. The question is, if
he was director, adding that
he is convicted, is that going
about 26 cases are currently
to spur us on to more vigor
in the courts.
and to more unanimity in
• As a man who has proie
this country about the. need
cuted Nazi war criminals 40
for prosecuting Nazi crimi-
years after the war ended,
. nals? I hope it does."
Ryan feels strongly that the
Ryan feels strongly that
effort' must continue in the,
U.S.: immigration laws made
U.S.
it far too easy for ex-Nazis to
"If you don't want to worry ,
enter the US. illegally. He
about them now, when are
drew gasps from the audience
you' .going to start worrying
when he stated that'amiing
about them? The point is that
"those who had blood on their
we know -these people 'are
hands" there "had to be , here and we know- that they
10,000 who entered. the U.S."
broke the law to get here.
He later said the figure
And the fact that they have ,
comes -from his own "in-
succeeded in living here
formed speculation."
quietly. for 40 years, lying
He told questioners that,
low, does not absolve them
with the possible exception of
and does not entitle us to
a few • rocket scientists, the
care any less'about them."

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