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February 12, 1988 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-02-12

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THE JEWISH NEWS

THIS ISSUE 60(P

SERVING DETROIT'S JEWISH COMMUNITY

`Not Guilty' Waldheim
Lied About Record

Vienna (JTA) — An international
commission of historians has found
"no proof' that Kurt Waldheim com-
mitted war crimes, according to the
200-page report it submitted to
Austrian Chancellor Franz Uranitzky
Monday night.
But the Austrian president was
far from an innocent bystander when
he served as a lieutenant in the Ger-
man army occupying the Balkans in
World War II, according to several
members of the panel who corn-
mented on the text of the report
before it was made public.
The report was released only after
the historians reportedly complied
with a demand from the Austrian
Foreign Ministry to excise references
to the Austrian president's "moral
guilt."
The commission was set up by the
Austrian government last year to ex-
amine Waldheim's wartime record in
light of charges that he was im-
plicated in the deportation of Greek

Jews and others and in atrocities com-
mitted against Yugoslav civilians and
resistance fighters.
The head of the panel, Swiss
military historian Rudolf Kurz, an-
nounced Monday that the commission
found no proof that Waldheim per-
sonally took part in war crimes, but
charged that the Austrian president
concealed and "even lied" about his
wartime activities.
The leaders of Austria's Socialist-
Conservative coalition government
each had different reactions to the
report. Uranitzky, leader of the
Socialist Party, said he was deeply
concerned by the findings. He said
that while the panel found no per-
sonal guilt, its report contained some
very critical passages about
Waldheim's military service.
Foreign Minister Alois Mock, who
is vice chancellor and chairman of the
conservative Peoples Party, stressed
the fact that Waldheim was absolved
Continued on Page 28

PAC Chaneling Funds
To Dems In '88 Race

KIMBERLY LIFTON

Staff Writer

As state Democrats gear up for
the March 26 party caucus, Motor Ci-
ty Political Action Committee
members are scurrying for funds to
support U.S. House and Senate
hopefuls in the November general
election.
MOPAC, led by Emery Klein and
other Michigan Jews, already has
raised between $40,000 and $50,000
to support Democratic hopefuls who

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meet its criteria. MOPAC members
said they hope to raise at least
$150,000 for the 1988 election.
Federal election laws allow the group
to give up to $5,000 to each selected
candidate.
Such monies have been earmark-
ed by MOPAC for Democratic can-
didates who are sensitive to and show
genuine interest in Israel's security,
and to hopefuls who are concerned
with the well-being of the American
Jewish community.

Continued on Page 30

Alan Lichtenstein is Detroit's Hurok.

FEBRUARY 12, 1988 / 24 SHEVAT 5748

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