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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-05-07

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Argentinian Ex-Nazi
Has Neo-Nazi Ties

Buenos Aires (JTA) — The
Simon Wiesenthal Center
has exposed a former Nazi
army intelligence agent,
Reinhard Kopps, who has
lived for more than 40 years
in Argentina under the
assumed name of Juan
Maler while maintaining ac-
tive ties to the neo-Nazi
movement in Germany.
The center has not accused
Mr. Kopps, 80, of being a
war criminal, but is in-
vestigating the possibility
that he was involved with
war crimes, possibly against
Albanian civilians.
Mr. Maler's true identity
as Mr. Kopps was a "a fairly
well-kept secret," according
to Rick Eaton, a researcher
for the center who visited
Mr. Kopps in Argentina pos-
ing as a neo-Nazi sym-
However, after the center
revealed its findings, Mr.
Kopps admitted to the media
he had served as an intel-
ligence officer under Adolf
In fact, Mr. Kopps de-
scribed some of his wartime
activities in a book he wrote
in German and distributed
among the far-right move-
ment in Germany.
The center's identification
of Mr. Kopps came about
through its investigation of
right-wing groups in Ger-
many, conducted by an
Israeli journalist and Mr.
The two infiltrated neo-
Nazi groups and were told
about Mr. Kopps in Argen-
In response to the Wiesen-
thal Center's report, the
Argentine interior minister
ordered the police to in-
vestigate Mr. Kopps' legal
According to the Wiesen-
thal Center, Mr. Kopps also
has financial contacts enabl-
ing him to send money to
Nazi groups in Germany
through banks in Luxem-
Mr. Kopps, owner of a ho-
tel in the winter resort town
of San Carlos de Bariloche
favored by German immi-
grants, talked to Mr. Eaton
about taking part in the
"cleansing" of Albanians
during World War II and,
after the war,- working
within the Vatican to help
Nazi officials leave Europe.
In an interview with a
local newspaper, Mr. Kopps

denied accusations he had
been involved in the
persecution and extermina-
tion of resistance fighters in
He also declared that his
name change was taken
with the full knowledge of
the German government. "I
lost my documents in the
war," he said.
Mr. Kopps also denied in
news reports having com-
mitted war crimes. Instead,
he maintained he "was twice
condemned to death by the
He described the accusa-
tions of his having links
with neo- Nazi groups as "a
huge lie."
In an effort to distance
himself from Nazi prin-
ciples, he added that he
came from a "Social
Democrat family." But peo-
ple in the German commun-
ity tacitly admitted that he
participated in neo-Nazi ac-
tivities and had a Nazi past.

Program Director
Is Sentenced

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Dov Raviv,
former head of Israel's
Arrow anti-missile missile
program, has been sentenced
to two years in jail and a
$21,000 fine for taking a
$75,000 bribe from a Cana-
dian parts supplier.
Mr. Raviv, who headed the
Arrow program at Israel
Aviation Industries, the
major contractor for the pro-
ject, pleaded innocent to the
charges against him but was
found guilty last week by
Judge Amnon Strasnov.
Mr. Raviv claimed that
any sums he had received
were not a bribe but legiti-
mate payment for profes-
sional advice and services
He said he would appeal
the verdict and sentence to
the Supreme Court.
Judge Strasnov said he
was handing down a com-
paratively light sentence in
view of Mr. Raviv's poor
state of health. Mr. Raviv is
reportedly suffering from a
brain illness.
Following the sentencing,
Mr. Raviv told an Israel
Television interviewer that
the main reason he had ac-
cepted payment was his need
to pay for urgent brain

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