Jan 27, 2008 23:13
Austria to reopen case against Nazi concentration camp guard

In a dramatic about-face, Austrian authorities have agreed to reopen the case of a long-sought suspected Nazi criminal who served as a guard at the Majdanek concentration camp, the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center said Sunday.
Erna Wallisch, 85, who ranks fourth on the Wiesenthal Center’s list of most-wanted Nazi war criminals, has been living in a small apartment on the bank of the Danube in Vienna with her name printed on the door.

Austrian authorities had previously refused to prosecute her due to the statute of limitations, the organization’s chief Nazi hunter and Israel Director Dr. Efraim Zuroff said.



Court Denies Alleged Nazi Guard’s Appeal
By TERRY KINNEY – 19 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former autoworker from Cleveland who is accused of being a Nazi death camp guard lost another battle Wednesday in his 30-year fight to maintain his U.S. citizenship and residence.

A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected John Demjanjuk’s challenge to a final deportation order of the nation’s chief immigration judge. The order would send Demjanjuk to Germany, Poland or his native Ukraine.

The government initially claimed Demjanjuk was the notoriously sadistic guard at the Treblinka camp known as “Ivan the Terrible.” Officials later concluded that he was not, but a judge ruled in 2002 that documents from World War II prove Demjanjuk was a Nazi guard at various death or forced labor camps.


Wreckage of Scuttled Nazi Ship Identified Off Argentine Coast

By Bill Faries

Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) — Argentina’s navy identified a wreck off the coast of Buenos Aires province as the Ussukuma, a Nazi supply vessel that sank after an encounter with British warships in the early days of World War II.

The Ussukuma, scuttled by its crew in December 1939 after leaving the port of Bahia Blanca, was probably transporting food, fuel and explosives for German warships, according to Argentine historian Carlos De Napoli, who helped identify the wreck.

The remains of the merchant vessel lie about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the coastal town of Necochea at a depth of about 70 meters (230 feet). The identification, confirmed in this month’s issue of the navy’s “Shipping Advisories,” is a boost to efforts by historians and Argentine authorities to identify other wartime wrecks.

Nazi Victim’s Heirs Lose Patience With Sweden on Art

By Catherine Hickley

Jan. 29 (Bloomberg) — The heirs of a Jewish businessman forced to flee Germany before World War II appealed to the Swedish government to hasten the return of a looted painting by Emil Nolde that now hangs in Stockholm’s Moderna Museet art museum.

Otto Nathan Deutsch fled to Amsterdam, in late 1938 or early 1939, leaving his possessions, according to the heirs’ lawyer, David Rowland of Rowland & Petroff in New York. Deutsch never got his belongings back. “Blumengarten (Utenwarf)” (“Flowergarden (Utenwarf)”), painted in 1917, surfaced in Switzerland in 1967 and was sold at auction to the Swedish museum, Rowland said. He estimates its value at $4 million.



Providence woman appeals ruling in Nazi art case

January 28, 2008
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A Providence woman is appealing a court order forcing her to give the estate of a late Jewish art dealer a painting forcibly auctioned by the Nazis.

In December, a federal judge ruled that Bissonnette must give back a 19th-century painting called “Girl from the Sabine Mountains” to the estate of Max Stern.



Jan 29, 2008 2:32 | Updated Jan 29, 2008 2:51
Kantor: Europe trivializing Holocaust

President of the European Jewish Congress Moshe Kantor said Monday that a dangerous “banalization and trivialization” of the Holocaust in Europe is causing Europeans to misread the dangers of anti-Semitism today as well as misunderstand and overlook the looming threat to the world posed by Iran’s nuclear programs.

“Anti-Semitism, xenophobia and racism are completely [discounted] in Europe,” Kantor said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post during a commemoration for International Holocaust Remembrance Day held at the European Parliament in Brussels.

In the interview, Kantor said that the “banalization” of the Holocaust has also led Europeans to misread Iran’s nuclear threat.

“The average European speaks [about the Iranian nuclear program] like we are speaking about a soccer match,” he said. “Nobody is paying attention in Europe.”




EARTHTIMES.ORG Berlin – A memorial to the millions of Roma and Sinti who perished during the Holocaust will be erected in Berlin, the German minister in charge of culture said Monday. Bernd Neumann said the memorial and another for homosexuals persecuted by the Nazis had been given formal approval by the German parliament’s cultural affairs committee.

“The road is finally clear for these monuments to be erected and inaugurated,” Neumann said.


U.S. hearing addresses anti-Semitism

Published: 01/29/2008

The U.S. Helsinki Commission held a hearing on anti-Semitism, part of a recent congressional blitz on the topic.

The hearing Tuesday addressed difficulties in tracking anti-Semitism in Europe and heard from two officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a 55-member body that in recent years has focused on combating bias crimes in Europe.

Gert Weisskirchen, the top OSCE official on anti-Semitism, said he often had been obstructed in his attempts to assess whether OSCE member states were meeting commitments to combat anti-Semitism or even to track its occurrence. One problem, he said, was a lack of coordination.