Holocaust News May 29, 2012 19:00 hrs

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Russia says the Wallenberg case is still open–The chief archivist of Russia’s
counterintelligence service said Monday it will continue searching for clues
about the mystery of Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg, who vanished while in
Soviet captivity

The chief archivist of Russia’s counterintelligence service said Monday it will
continue searching for clues about the mystery of Holocaust hero Raoul
Wallenberg, who vanished while in Soviet captivity.

Lt.-Gen. Vasily Khristoforov said that his agency, the Federal Security
Service, has no reason to withhold any information about the Swedish diplomat
from the public eye. He rejected critics’ allegations that his service, the
main KGB successor, could be hiding documents related to Wallenberg’s fate.

“Believe me, had such an information been known to us, the Russia archivists
would have been the first to publish and show it,” Khristoforov told The
Associated Press. “When some people say that we are defending the pride of the
uniform … it’s ridiculous. This is another state and a different special

Khristoforov insisted that he and his colleagues would have no inclination to
whitewash the record of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s much-feared secret
police, known under its Russian acronym, NKVD.

“I doubt that any of the Federal Security Service officers today would
associate himself with the NKVD and would try to defend the uniform of the
NKVD,” he said. “That’s why this argument doesn’t stand criticism.”

Khristoforov was taking part in an international conference that included
researchers from Sweden, Hungary, Israel and Russia. Some of the speakers
strongly urged Khristoforov’s agency to give independent researchers
investigating the Wallenberg mystery free access to their archives.

“I think full access is really needed,” said Ingrid Carlberg, a Swedish author
who recently published a book about Wallenberg. “They can’t possibly know what
kind of puzzles I have that could be matched with pieces of information in
those archives. If we put them all together, we will have a clearer picture.”

Wallenberg is credited with saving thousands of Jews in Budapest by
distributing Swedish travel documents or moving them to safe houses.

He was arrested in Budapest by the Soviet Red Army in 1945. The Soviets
initially denied Wallenberg was in their custody, then said in 1957 that he
died of a heart attack in prison on July 17, 1947.

The Russian government has never formally retracted the initial Soviet version,
but some officials acknowledged that Wallenberg likely had been killed. In
2000, Alexander Yakovlev, the one-time chairman of a presidential panel
investigating the fate of repression victims, said he had been told by a former
KGB chief that Wallenberg was killed in Lubyanka prison.

That year, Russia also conceded that Soviet authorities had wrongfully
persecuted Wallenberg and posthumously rehabilitated him as a victim of
political repression.

(source: Seattle Times)


Cannes cancels anti-Semitic film screening

The Cannes film festival screening of “The Anti-Semite,” a film by a French
comic with a history of anti-Semitism, was cancelled.

The film by and starring Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, was produced by the Iranian
Documentary and Experimental Film Center.

It reportedly pokes fun at the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, where an
estimated 1.5 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, and features
Dieudonne as a violent and alcoholic character dressed as a Nazi officer for a
fancy dress party. Robert Faurisson, a convicted Holocaust denier, also makes
a cameo appearance in the film. The film reportedly will be sold over the

“Anti-Semitism has no place at Cannes, and we welcome the clear statement to
that effect from the organizers of the film festival,” said Abraham H. Foxman,
ADL national director. “Dieudonne’s grotesque anti-Semitism and Holocaust
denial may play well to audiences in Iran, but the French entertainment
industry and society has clearly had enough.”

Dieudonne has been found guilty of inciting hatred in France.

Last year at Cannes, Danish director Lars Von Trier said he understood and
expressed sympathy for Adolf Hitler during a press conference for his film
entry “Melancholia.”

Quebec’s largest concert promoter pulled the plug on four shows scheduled for
last month by Dieudonne, whose routine has included Holocaust denial and joking
praise for Adolf Hitler. Belgian authorities last month forced Dieudonne to
cancel two performances in Brussels. The French news agency AFP reported that
police stopped him mid-performance May 9 after determining his act contravened
local laws.

(source: JTA)


Lithuania tracks Holocaust war crime suspects–Genocide and Resistance Research
Center head says historians believe there could have been around 2,000 people
in Lithuania who murdered Jews

Lithuania has concluded the first phase of a study aimed at identifying over a
thousand Lithuanians suspected of killing Jews in the Baltic state during
Holocaust, a senior researcher said Friday.

Terese Birute Burauskaite, head of the Vilnius-based Genocide and Resistance
Research Center, told Agence France Presse she will make a full list of
suspected war criminals available to justice authorities.

“Historians have reviewed 4,268 names mentioned publicly. Following our
investigations, it was reduced to 1,034 people,” Burauskaite told AFP, adding
she expected that number to double as the investigation is completed by the end
of next year.

“Our historians believe there could have been around 2,000 people (in
Lithuania) who murdered Jews” during World War II, Burauskaite said.

“These are people who probably held the gun in their hand,” she stressed.

A 5-member team launched the investigation in 2010 after an Israeli website
published a controversial list of possible war criminals, including respected
top anti-Soviet fighters, causing outrage in Lithuania.

Burauskaite said historians found no evidence that the leaders of the
50,000-strong Lithuanian anti-Soviet resistance movement in 1944-1953 could
have participated in the Holocaust.

Researchers say it is up to prosecutors to decide whether the list will be made

A majority of those on it were already sentenced by Soviet authorities, some to
death, and Lithuania “has no information that any murderer of Jews is now
living in Lithuania,” Burauskaite said.

During World War II, Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940 under
Moscow’s secret pact with Nazi Germany, and later the Soviets deported over
17,000 Lithuanians to Siberia.

Germany then drove out the Red Army when it invaded the USSR in 1941.

Some Lithuanians hailed the Germans as liberators, hoping they would grant
Lithuania a measure of sovereignty. Anti-Semitic propaganda was spread blaming
the Jews for the terror of the Soviet occupation.

Under the Nazi German occupation of Lithuania in 1941-1944, around 195,000
Lithuanian Jews perished at the hands of the Nazis and local collaborators.

No more than 5-10% of the country’s pre-war Jewish population of over 200,000
survived the Holocaust.

Dubbed the “Jerusalem of the North”, prior to WWII Lithuania’s capital Vilnius
was a major hub of Jewish culture and learning.

(source: YNetNews)


Auschwitz visit marks ongoing partnership with Holocaust Educational Trust

The FA and Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) have entered into a partnership to
produce an educational resource on the Holocaust for all secondary schools and
colleges in England.

This week, as part of the joint legacy project the senior England squad and
staff will hear the testimony of Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper and also meet
with his fellow survivor and weightlifting champion Ben Helfgott MBE, before
departing to Poland for the UEFA 2012 European Championship Finals.

Zigi, now aged 82, was sent to the Auschwitz death camp in 1944 before being
sent on a death march to the German town of Neustadt, where he was liberated in
1945, aged 15 years old. He now lives in England.

Ben, also 82, was born in Poland and in 1944 was sent with his father to the
Buchenwald concentration camp. After being separated from his father he was
transported to Czechoslovakia before being liberated by Russian troops. Like
Zigi, he was 15. In 1947 he came to the UK and was reunited with his sister. He
later represented Britain in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games as a weightlifter.

While in Poland, a group of England players, staff and FA executives will visit
Auschwitz I and Birkenau with the Holocaust Educational Trust. At the same
time, further members of the England squad will also make a visit to
Schindler’s Factory in Krakow.

Following both the visit and the Holocaust survivor talk, a joint educational
resource for young people will be produced. This DVD resource, created to
assist teachers in educating young people about the Holocaust, will feature
prominent England players discussing why they felt it was important to learn
about our shared history – and why combating prejudice today matters to them.

England, who are based in Krakow in Poland for the duration of the tournament,
will visit the site prior to their opening fixture against France, soon after
their 6 June arrival date.

The group will sign the museum’s guest book before lighting a candle of
remembrance on the train tracks at Birkenau.

FA Chairman, David Bernstein said: “This educational partnership brings
together the important work of teaching future generations about the horrors of
the Holocaust, using the ability of football to interest and engage young

“There are so many lessons to be learnt and understood, and we believe football
can play its part in encouraging society to speak out against intolerance in
all its forms.

“I am proud that Roy Hodgson and the England team are supporting such an
important initiative and I would encourage all English schools to take
advantage of the learning materials that will be created.”

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust said: “We
are delighted to be working closely with the Football Association in
facilitating a visit for members of the England squad to Auschwitz-Birkenau. It
is a credit to our national team that they have set aside time to pay their
respects to those who died during the Holocaust and it’s fantastic that they
are so committed to building an educational legacy for young people in schools
across England.”

Through footage of the England team’s visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, and with
maps, images and archival footage, the DVD will offer a concise introduction to
the history of the Holocaust.

All secondary schools and colleges in England and Further Education (FE)
colleges, as well as a wider audience through circulation in social and other
media, will be engaged with as a result of the project.

The Holocaust is a compulsory topic on the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3,
and it is commonly included in GCSE and A-level History courses, as well as in
other subject areas such as Citizenship, RS and English.

(source: TheFA.com)


England squad to visit Auschwitz

The England squad is set to visit the notorious Holocaust death camp Auschwitz
on June 6, prior to the team’s opening Euro 2012 fixture against France.

During the visit, members of the Three Lions setup will sign the Auschwitz
museum guestbook and light a candle of remembrance on the train tracks at

The squad will also visit the factory in Krakow once owned by Oskar Schindler,
the German whose efforts to save more 1,000 Jews was celebrated in a hit film.

Later this week, both players and staff will also be visited by Holocaust
survivors Zigi Shipper and Ben Helfgott MBE, who will speak to them about their

The visit is in conjunction with a partnership between the Football Association
(FA) and the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) which aims to create an
educational aid for secondary schools and colleges across England.

“This educational partnership brings together the important work of teaching
future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust, using the ability of
football to interest and engage young people,” FA Chairman David Bernstein
said. “There are so many lessons to be learned and understood, and we believe
football can play its part in encouraging society to speak out against
intolerance in all its forms.

“I am proud that Roy Hodgson and the England team are supporting such an
important initiative and I would encourage all English schools to take
advantage of the learning materials that will be created.”

The HET is also excited about the national team’s visit to Auschwitz and its
educational partnership with the FA.

“It is a credit to our national team that they have set aside time to pay their
respects to those who died during the Holocaust and it’s fantastic that they
are so committed to building an educational legacy for young people in schools
across England,” chief executive Karen Pollock MBE said.

(source: Yahoo News)


Italian town’s official resigns over Holocaust joke

A crude joke about the Holocaust has cost a public health official in the town
of Pavia his job, according to Italian media reports.

Giuseppe Imbalzano, 59, submitted his resignation Monday after a meeting with
Pavia’s public health service director, according to reports.

At a meeting last week with local and regional officials, Imbalzano reportedly
told a joke that asked the difference between Jews and cakes. The punch line
stated, “When you put cakes in the oven they don’t scream.”

Imbalzano told the newspaper Il Giorno that he had not meant any harm.

“It was a silly joke that didn’t have any offensive spirit,” he said. “I never
would have imagined that such nonsense would have stirred up such a storm.”

Imbalzano said others at the meeting smiled at the joke.

(source: JTA)


Albright, World War II hero among 13 to receive Presidential Medal of
Freedom–The Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor

Bob Dylan and Toni Morrison will also be recognized

The award was established in 1963 by President Kennedy

The first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State and a Polish officer who
provided some of the first accounts of the Holocaust are among 13 people who
will be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday.

The medal is the nation’s highest civilian honor, awarded to those who make
extraordinary contributions to world peace, national interest and security, or
other cultural endeavors.

“I am so honored to have gotten the Medal of Freedom,” former Secretary of
State Madeleine Albright told CNN’s “Starting Point” last month. “It makes me
feel very proud to be an American, and that’s the story that goes together.”

Jan Karski, the former Polish officer who escaped Nazi imprisonment and
provided first-hand accounts to the Western Allies of atrocities he witnessed
in Warsaw, will receive the award posthumously, along with Gordon Hirabayashi,
who defied the forced relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during
World War II, and Juliette Gordon Lowe, the founder of the Girl Scouts.

President Barrack Obama recognized Karski during remarks observing Holocaust
Remembrance day in April.

“We must tell our children about how this evil was allowed to happen — because
so many people succumbed to their darkest instincts; because so many others
stood silent,” Obama said. “But let us also tell our children about the
Righteous among the Nations. Among them was Jan Karski — a young Polish
Catholic — who witnessed Jews being put on cattle cars, who saw the killings,
and who told the truth, all the way to President Roosevelt himself.”

Albright ‘honored’ by Medal of Freedom Also receiving the award are civil
rights enforcer and public servant John Doar; musician Bob Dylan; physician and
epidemiologist William Foege (who led a successful campaign to eradicate
smallpox); former astronaut and Sen. John Glenn; workers and women’s advocate
Dolores Huerta; novelist Toni Morrison; former Tennessee basketball coach Pat
Summitt; former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens; and
ninth President of Israel Shimon Peres.

The award was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy.

“These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different
walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of
our nation,” President Barack Obama said in a statement announcing the
recipients last month. “They’ve challenged us, they’ve inspired us, and they’ve
made the world a better place. I look forward to recognizing them with this

Here is a list of this year’s recipients and some of the information released
by White House on why they were selected:

Madeleine Albright

From 1997 to 2001, under President William J. Clinton, Albright served as the
64th United States Secretary of State, the first woman to hold that position.
During her tenure, she worked to enlarge NATO and helped lead the Alliance’s
campaign against terror and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, pursued peace in
the Middle East and Africa, sought to reduce the dangerous spread of nuclear
weapons, and was a champion of democracy, human rights, and good governance
across the globe.

John Doar

Doar was a legendary public servant and leader of federal efforts to protect
and enforce civil rights during the 1960s. He served as Assistant Attorney
General in charge of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. In
that capacity, he was instrumental during many major civil rights crises,
including singlehandedly preventing a riot in Jackson, Mississippi, following
the funeral of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evars in 1963.

Bob Dylan

One of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century, Dylan
released his first album in 1962. Known for his rich and poetic lyrics, his
work had considerable influence on the civil rights movement of the 1960s and
has had significant impact on American culture over the past five decades.

William Foege

A physician and epidemiologist, Foege helped lead the successful campaign to
eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. He was appointed Director of the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention in 1977 and, with colleagues, founded the Task
Force for Child Survival in 1984. Foege became Executive Director of The Carter
Center in 1986 and continues to serve the organization as a Senior Fellow.

John Glenn

Glenn is a former United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut, and United
States Senator. In 1962, he was the third American in space and the first
American to orbit the Earth. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Glenn was
elected to the U.S. Senate in Ohio in 1974. He was an architect and sponsor of
the 1978 Nonproliferation Act and served as Chairman of the Senate Government
Affairs committee from 1978 until 1995.

Gordon Hirabayashi

Hirabayashi openly defied the forced relocation and internment of Japanese
Americans during World War II. As an undergraduate at the University of
Washington, he refused the order to report for evacuation to an internment
camp, instead turning himself in to the FBI to assert his belief that these
practices were racially discriminatory. Consequently, he was convicted by a
U.S. Federal District Court in Seattle of defying the exclusion order and
violating curfew. Hirabayashi appealed his conviction all the way to the U.S.
Supreme Court, which ruled against him in 1943. Following World War II and his
time in prison, Hirabayashi obtained his doctoral degree in sociology and
became a professor. In 1987, his conviction was overturned by the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Hirabayashi died on January 2, 2012.

Dolores Huerta

Huerta is a civil rights, workers, and women’s advocate. With Cesar Chavez, she
co-founded the National Farmworkers Association in 1962, which later became the
United Farm Workers of America. Huerta has served as a community activist and a
political organizer, and was influential in securing the passage of
California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, and disability insurance
for farmworkers in California.

Jan Karski

Karski served as an officer in the Polish Underground during World War II and
carried among the first eye-witness accounts of the Holocaust to the world. He
worked as a courier, entering the Warsaw ghetto and the Nazi Izbica transit
camp, where he saw first-hand the atrocities occurring under Nazi occupation.

Juliette Gordon Low

Born in 1860, Low founded the Girl Scouts in 1912. The organization strives to
teach girls self-reliance and resourcefulness. It also encourages girls to seek
fulfillment in the professional world and to become active citizens in their

Toni Morrison

One of our nation’s most celebrated novelists, Morrison is renowned for works
such as Song of Solomon, Jazz, and Beloved, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize
in 1988. When she became the first African American woman to win a Nobel Prize
in 1993, Morrison’s citation captured her as an author “who in novels
characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential
aspect of American reality.”

Shimon Peres

An ardent advocate for Israel’s security and for peace, Shimon Peres was
elected the ninth President of Israel in 2007. First elected to the Knesset in
1959, he has served in a variety of positions throughout the Israeli
government, including in twelve Cabinets as Foreign Minister, Minister of
Defense, and Minister of Transport and Communications. Peres served as Prime
Minister from 1984-1986 and 1995-1996.

John Paul Stevens

Stevens served as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1975 to
2010, when he retired as the third longest-serving Justice in the Court’s
history. Known for his independent, pragmatic and rigorous approach to judging,
Justice Stevens and his work have left a lasting imprint on the law in areas
such as civil rights, the First Amendment, the death penalty, administrative
law, and the separation of powers.

Pat Summitt

In addition to accomplishing an outstanding career as the all-time winningest
leader among all NCAA basketball coaches, Summitt has taken the University of
Tennessee to more Final Four appearances than any other coach and has the
second best record of NCAA Championships in basketball.

(source: CNN)


President Obama’s Medal for Karski Shines Light on Poland’s Real World War II

President Obama’s Presidential Medal of Freedom for Jan Karski shows how far
Poles went to rescue Jews during the Holocaust. After escaping Soviet
imprisonment and being savagely tortured by the Gestapo, Karski still risked
his life to sneak past German guards into the Jewish ghetto to see how the
Nazis were abusing Jews. Karski then disguised himself as a Ukrainian guard to
visit a transfer station that sorted Jews on their way to the death camps.

As an eyewitness to the German murder machine, the Polish underground sent
Karski on a secret mission to tell the Allies what was happening. In 1942, the
Polish underground government issued a report called “The Mass Extermination of
Jews in German Occupied Poland.” It said: “The new methods of mass slaughter
applied during the last few months confirm that the German authorities aim with
systematic deliberation at the total extermination of the Jewish population.”

Karski took his eyewitness accounts and the Polish government’s report to
London and Washington to ask Great Britain and the United States to stop the

The allies did nothing.

President Franklin Roosevelt showed more interest in how the Germans treated
horses than how they treated Jews. When Karski told Jewish Supreme Court
Justice Felix Frankfurter what was happening, Frankfurter replied, “I do not
believe you.” Winston Churchill refused to meet with Karski to discuss saving
the Jews. Had the allies acted when Karski spoke up, millions could have been

For Jewish-Americans, Poland is understandably a painful topic because it’s
where the Holocaust happened. But few know that the Polish government tried to
stop it. Yes, there were Poles who had blood on their hands. Their actions were
inexcusable. And yes, like all countries, Poland has its fair share of
anti-Semites and bigots. But Poland had more than its fair share of heroes.
They risked their lives, and the lives of their children, to save Jews from
Nazi Germany.

Karski was not alone.

Poland was the only country where hiding a Jew was punishable by death for your
entire family. Hans Frank, the Governor General of German-occupied Poland,
ordered his army to hang posters in Polish cities that said: “Jews face the
death penalty for leaving their neighborhoods [the ghettos], but so will anyone
who in any way helps them to hide. This includes taking them in for the night,
giving them a lift in a vehicle of any kind, feeding runaway Jews or selling
them food.”

Despite facing the death penalty, Poles risked their lives to save Jews. Many
were killed for doing so. Others, like Irena Sendler, were tortured, and still
did not reveal where Jews were hiding. Sendler rescued 2,500 Jewish children
from the Warsaw ghetto and found Poles willing to hide them. It took at least
ten Poles for every Jewish child that was saved. Once in Christian hands, the
children were fed, clothed and given a new home. They were taught to pray in
Polish in case they were stopped and questioned by Germans. They were given
Christian names and forged birth certificates provided by priests. Yet their
true identities were preserved, so that they could be returned to their parents
after the war.

The underground created a clandestine organization called Zegota, the Polish
Council to Aid Jews, which rescued tens of thousands of Jews from the German
killing machine. At Yad Vashem in Israel, which honors the righteous who saved
Jews during World War II, are the names of 6,339 people from Poland, more than
any other country.

And this still does not include people who should be honored, like Polish
Captain Witold Pilecki, who volunteered to be arrested by the Germans and sent
to Auschwitz to try to organize a prison break. Pilecki’s report smuggled out
of Auschwitz has finally been translated into English and published as, The
Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery.

The reason Hitler built concentration camps in Poland is that’s where the Jews
were. Poland is not just where Jews died — it’s where they lived. Poland was
the center of Jewish life for centuries, dating back to the Statue of Kalisz in
1264, which provided civil liberties for Jews and explicit penalties for crimes
against Jews. As a result, Poland is were where Talmudic scholarship grew and
Chasidim began. It’s where Yiddish flourished. It’s where numerous Jewish
artists such as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Artur Szyk, and Artur Rubenstein honed
their art.

Next year, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews will finally be unveiled in
Warsaw. These exhibits about Jewish life and history must be told and

It is long overdue for an American president to listen to the message that Jan
Karski sent to the west about what was going on in Poland. If Roosevelt had
listened to Karski, many more Jews would have been saved. Let’s not forget
them. And let’s not forget the other Poles, who like Karski, risked their

Perhaps Poles could have done more to save Jews during WWII, but no one did
more than the Poles to save Jews during the Holocaust.

(source: Alex Storozynski.President, The Kosciuszko Foundation; The Huffington


Holocaust Gaffe–Printing Error Causes Donald Duck Chaos

It was an honest mistake with unfortunate consequences. In the most recent
German translation of the Mickey Mouse comics, the word “Holocaust”
accidentally appears as a gratulatory word.

The German publisher attributes the mishap to a printing error and immediately
recalled the issue, blacking out the word by hand.

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The word “Holocaust” is not some new way to say “Congratulations” in Duckburg,
home to Donald Duck and his comic cohorts. But in the most recent German
translation of the Junior Woodchucks comic from the Mickey Mouse universe, that
is exactly how it appears. In the episode titled “Where is the Smoke?” a
dignitary honors a team of firefighters, with the German words, in the bubble
above his beak, boasting of the “awards to our brave and always alert fire
lookouts! Holocaust!”

The original comic, written by Carl Barks and appearing in 1972, used the word
as a synonym for “inferno” or “blaze.” The duck dignitary gives plaques to the
fire lookouts for pinpointing the “awesome Holocaust.”

German publisher Egmont Ehapa, which brings the Mickey Mouse comics to the
country, says the mistake was not a translation error. The word didn’t appear
in the translator manuscript, spokesperson Elke Schickedanz told SPIEGEL
ONLINE. The mistake came up during production, when the English text in the
word bubbles was not thoroughly removed, she said.

The comic book, which was supposed to appear on May 8, was promptly recalled.
The word “Holocaust” was blacked out by hand and the new edition should be
available in stores this week. There were still a few copies of the original
German comic sold in May before the recall.

Donald Duck Takes On The Nazis

Schickedanz says that Ehapa is very careful about avoiding sensitive
terminology. In Barks’ comic “April Fools,” a copy of Hitler’s tome “Mein
Kampf” repeatedly shows up in a Duckburg trash dump.

When the publisher printed the German version it reduced the number of times
that the book appears in the comic. Still Ehapa came under fire about seven
years ago for translating comic books that attempted to make the horrors of the
Holocaust more accessible to young readers.

It’s also not the first time that Donald Duck has been mixed up with the Nazis.
During World War II the US enlisted Walt Disney, creator of the comics, in
efforts using Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Bambi and others to spread anti-Nazi
messages. In 1984 Donald Duck was awarded the rank of sergeant by the US Army
for his wartime service.

(source: Spiegel Online)


Suspected Hungarian Nazi faces extradition from Australia as top Israeli Nazi
hunter criticises country’s ‘terrible record’ of convicting Nazi war criminals

Australia’s High Court in Canberra prepares to rule on the eligibility for
extradition of suspected Hungarian-born Nazi Karoly (Charles) Zentai.

As Australia’s High Court in Canberra prepares to rule on the eligibility for
extradition of a suspected Hungarian Nazi, one of Israel’s leading Nazi hunters
has spoken out about Australia’s “terrible record” of prosecuting Nazi war
criminals, which has resulted in a zero conviction rate to date, despite
hundreds of war criminals being suspected of finding refuge there after the

Speaking of the ongoing case against 90-year-old Hungarian-born Karoly
(Charles) Zentai – which has lasted seven years and was lately referred to
Australia’s highest court by the government to support its decision to approve
his extradition to Hungary in 2009 – the head of the Israel branch of the
(international Jewish human rights and Holocaust education organisation) Simon
Wiesenthal Center, Dr Efraim Zuroff, condemned Australia’s belatedness in
implementing a Budapest People’s Court appeal for arrest dating back to 1948:

“It’s hard to be optimistic about a case of a Nazi war criminal in Australia
given the country’s terrible record to date”, he said. “But in this case, the
government has acted in the proper manner and perhaps we will finally see a
successful result.”

The Australian government was forced to appeal to the country’s top judicial
authority, after their original decision to extradite Zentai in 2009 was
overturned on appeal on the basis that a “war crime” is not an extraditable

The Simon Wiesenthal Center was, in fact, responsible for eventually tracking
down Zentai to Perth in 2005, where he was arrested. Having always protested
his innocence of Nazi war crimes, his son now claims he is too frail and that
extradition to Hungary would be “a virtual death sentence”.

Zuroff, however, disputes the legitimacy of such an argument, saying: “The
passage of time in no way diminishes the guilt of the killers. Old age should
not afford protection for people who committed murder.”

This is an argument that Hungarian-born Australian Holocaust survivor Deborh
Weinerger keenly advocates. Weinberger, who lost much of her immediate family
in concentration camps, said: “My grandmother was also nearly 90 when she died
at Auschwitz. That doesn’t do anything for me when they say he’s an old man. I
don’t care; there were lots of old men and women who were taken to the gas

Australia has been widely criticised for its record on convicting Nazi war
criminals with a special unit set up in 1987 by the federal government
investigating 841 suspects without a single successful conviction, before it
was dismantled in 1992.

A 2006 US Justice Department report criticised Australia’s attitudes to Nazi
“persecutors” as “ambivalent”, describing attempts by the US government to
extradite suspected Latvian-born Australian Nazi Konrads Kalejs in 2000 as a
“hideous failure”.

Mark Aarons, author of War Criminals Welcome, an exploration of successive
Australian governments’ failure to tackle the issue, wrote in 2009: “Future
historians may well conclude that some of the world’s last surviving Nazis died
peacefully in Melbourne, Sydney or Perth. This would be a deserved judgement –
and a pity.”

(source: European Jewish Press)