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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/02/25: CIA-RDP90-01208R000100120079-4 ON PAGE NEW YORK TINS 27 January 1984 U. U.S. Jews Ask Papal Inquiry Into Reports of Aid to Nazis ----------------- BY RALPH BLUMENTHAL. rrominent American Jews, reacting to allegations of Vatican aid for fugi- tive Nazi war criminals, called on pope John Paul II yesterday to investigate "what role if any was played by mem- bers of the Catholic hierarchy in the illegal emigration of Nazis following World War IL" The request came in a telegram sent to the Pope by the Conference of Presi- d s ent of Major American Jewish Or_ ganizations, a New York group repre- senting 37 organizations. The telegram was signed by : he group's chairman, . Julius Berman. The presidents of the Jewish groups termed themselves "deeply disturbed by the report of cooperation by the Holy See with the effort of Nazi war crimi- nals to escape justice." They called on the Pope to order the same kind of in- vestigation as the one carried.out by the Justice Department last year in the case of American involvement with Klaus Barbie, who was the bead of the Gestapo in Lyons in World War II. There was no immediate comment from the Vatican, which may not yet have received the appeal. A papal spokesman, the Rev. Romeo Panciroli, said Wednesday in Rome that be would respond only to written inquiries and would need several days to check the archives. Telegram to Chilean President In another appeal yesterday, the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith sent a telegram to the President of Chile, Gen. Augusto Pinochet, urg- ing the detention of Walter Rauff, a for- mer SS colonel wanted for wartime killings of as many as 250,000 Jews in mobile poison gas vans. ..The reputation of Chile will be sorely blemished if your administra- tion does not agree to extradite this Nazi criminal or otherwise make him 1 available to the officials of Israel or any other country that will try him for his crimes against humanity,' said the telegram, which was signed by Abra- ham H. Foxman, associate national di- rector of the Jewish group. The New York Times reported yes- terday that Mr. Rauff told the Chilean Supreme Court in 1962 that be had been given refuge in Vatican convents after.' thawar. ThP TimPC alcn rpmrraf that a long-secret State Department report in 1947 called the Vatican "the largest sin- gle organization involved in the illegal 1 Nazismovement - of emigrants," including,' Nazis. Committee Hearings The State Department report was written by Vincent La Vista, a member of the American. Embassy in Rome, to another Foreign Service officer, Her- bert writer Cgo R. Allen on the tamed the said that his research m cat t ista_ may have worked for the rued t nt- e enter-tntel_l,wFa.rs+ rl,*.,,~ ~? .,,,,. ~_ had found no documentation to cor. I I In another development a member i of the House immj rar.n. sub tee, Representative Barney Frank Democrat of MassactrtLSetts said Y the expected the full Judici_ es s Spring .on -Amen n rntP ..lam.. Xolement with Nazi war criminals.: The Genera ~ t:og Office has been studying the matter for Congress for about two years. A spokesman for Representative Peter W. Rodino Jr., Democrat of New . Jersey, the chairman of the Judiciary: Committee, said no decision had been reached yet on hearings. STAT Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/02/25: CIA-RDP90-01208R000100120079-4