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TEXAS JEWISH POST HANUKA ISSUE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1985 POSTORIAL PAGE 4
The Chase Is Over
“The chase is over. I will not run.” These are the
words to arresting officers in Argentina of Walter
Kutschmann, one of the highest ranking former Nazi
war criminals alive today. They are the words of a
wanted man in constant movement in recent months as
word apparently travelled to his home that West
Germany’s extradition request to Argentina would be
Kutschmann is a former SS officer and Gestapo
official who lived outside Buenos Aires since 1947. He is
accused, among other charges, of ordering the
execution of 1,500 Jews in Berezhany and Podgaisty
and the killing of some 20 university professors and
their families in Lvov, a city of then German occupied
Poland, and now part of the Soviet Union.
Though his presence in Argentina has been widely
reported for years, Kutschmann has evaded police
arrest. He has lived uner the name of Pedro Ricardo
Olme. But officials of the Anti-Defamation League of
B’nai B’rith have cited documentation that proves Olme
is in fact Kutschmann.
Despite Kutschmann’s lies and denials of his past
activities, he appears headed to West Germany. A
judge is soon scheduled to make a decision on the
special extradition request from Bonn, since no formal
extradition treaty exists between West Germany and
Argentina. But as ADL director Nathan Perimut-
ter said, this should serve as a warning to all war
criminals that “only the grave will give them immunity
The Pollard Affair
The Israel government has expressed its apologies to
the United States over allegations that Jona-
than Pollard, a U.S. Naval counterintelligence analyst,
spied for Israel. His arrest has been a source of deep
embarrassment to the Israeli government and indeed to
all American Jews.
The Israeli position, however, remains that it
apologized td the U.S. “to the extent that it did take
place.” It assured the U.S. that “relations with the U.S.
are based or solid foundations of deep friendship, close
affinity and mutual trust. Spying in the United States,”
the statement said, “is in total contradiction to our
Furthermore, Israel has affirmed that the unit of the
government allegedly responsibly with running this
disastrous episode and all those involved will “be
brought to account,” and the unit will be disbanded. The
investigation into the affair is “progressing vigorously,”
The U.S. viewed the statement issued in the name of
Premier Shimon Peres as “excellent” and there were
strong indications that both the U.S. and Israel would
like to put the matter behind them for the time being.
However, the investigation is continuing, although on a
more private scale. The publicity over the affair has
strained Israel-U.S. ties beyond what was necessary.
There remains several unanswered questions in the
Pollard affair, as it has become known in Israel. Who
exactly knew what and when, seems to be just the tip of
the iceberg. Clearly, the unity government’s stability is
threatened. But Israel has promised a thorough
investigation. As reprehensible as such a spy scandal is,
the investigation’s report should be awaited before
conclusions are drawn about who holds final
BY RABBI MARC
There were long moments
that Wednesday when the
could rightly wonder —
whose summit was it in
Was the summit a major
foreign policy undertaking
to bring U.S. President Rea-
gan and USSR Party Chair-
man Gorbachev into serious
dialogue on critical inter-
national issues? Or was the
Geneva summit a pretext for
the Rev. Jesse Jackson to
upstage President Reagan?
Former White House aide,
Michael Deaver, was inter-
viewed on CBS-Morning
News and he appeared to be
See Mini-Summit Page 28
Near East Report:
By M. J. Rosenberg
A public opinion poll conducted by the
Roper organization reveals that 40
percent of Americans wish that Jews
would stop reminding them about the
Holocaust: 46 percent want to be
That more Americans want to confront
the Holocaust than want to ignore it is
surprising. It has been 40 years since the
death camps were liberated. In a nation
that is not known for its sense of history,
it speaks well of the public that it chooses
not to look away.
The Roper poll (which was commis-
sioned by the American Jewish Com-
mittee provides empirical evidence that
public attitudes have changed since World
War II. In her important new book
Beyond Belief, Dr. Deborah Lipstadt of
UCLA shows that during the Holo-
caust most Americans chose to ignore
what was happening in Europe. Even
worse, many Americans had no inter-
est in aiding victims of Nazism.
Lipstadt writes of a January 1939
Gallup Poll which found that 66 percent of
Americans said no when asked if “10,000
refugee children” should be “brought into
this country and taken care of in Ameri-
can homes.” A Cincinnati Post poll of
women found 77 percent opposed to the
entry of the children.
One reason for the low level of public
interest in saving the Jews of Europe
might have been the general lack of
knowledge about what the Nazis had in
store for them. The World War I “atrocity
stories” had caused many Americans to
adopt a “show me” attitude. They weren’t
ready to believe that the children they
chose not to take in would be put to death.
Lipstadt points out that the press was, in
large part responsible for Americans’
refusal to take Hitler’s war against the
She writes that the American media
adhered to a pattern which she calls “Yes
but,” Lipstadt writes: “At first it (the
press) argued. Yes, bad things may be
happening but not as bad as reported.
Subsequently it was willing to acknow-
ledge that Yes, many Jews may be victims
but not as many as claimed. Yes many
have died, but most probably died as a
result of war-related privations. Yes,
many may have been killed but not in gas
chambers. Yes, some Jews may have died
in death camps, but so did many other
It was this attitude which produc-
ed the skeptical, underplayed cover-
age of the Holocaust even after most of
the facts about the mass murder of Jews
had been confirmed. The New York Times
provided the most extensive coverage of
the killing — which was still abys-
mal by any standard. On July 3, 1944 the
Times informed its readers that 1.7 million
Jews had been “eradicated” in death
camps. It described how Jews had been
“ordered to strip for bathing” and then
taken into rooms into which “cyanide gas”
was released. This news — the gassing of
1.7 million people — was on page 3. The
Los Angeles Times ran the story on page
5. Washington Post devoted 24 lines to it.
Lipstadt does point out that not all of
the press performed badly. The New
Republic, The Nation, The New York Post
and the newspapers owned by William
Randolph Hearst reported the story
accurately and demanded American action
to stop the mass slaughter. But these
were the exceptions. Most of the press — in
Lipstadt’s words — “had access to a
critically important and unprecedented
story. Yet it reacted with equanimity and
The Roper poll demonstrates that some
things have changed during the past four
decades. The American people are willing
to read and watch accounts of the
Holocaust and of other international
crimes. As for the “show me” attitude,
that is gone too. The Holocaust has taught
most Americans that the mass killing of
innocents does indeed happen. In the last
few years alone, it has happened in
Cambodia and Biafra and Uganda and the
junta’s Argentina and in other places as
The danger today is that we will begin
to take it all for granted. We’ll believe the
accounts but we won’t really care.
Lipstadt warns that our indifference may
be “among the more tragic legacies of the
Final Solution.” She concludes: “The
inability of reports of extreme perse-
cution and even mass murder in foreign
lands to prompt us to act almost guar-
antees that the cycle of horror...
will continue.” A book like Beyond Belief
is one step toward ensuring.that the cycle
of horror is broken.
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