Simon Wiesenthal Center Urges President Obama to Order Release of Full Justice Department Report Detailing U.S. Safe Haven for Nazis

November 14, 2010

“There Must Be Full Transparency on Who, How, and Why War Criminals and Nazi Collaborators Were Protected”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center urges the release of a long-delayed 2006 US Justice Department report which according to The New York Times details the U.S. government’s checkered post- World War II record on Nazi War criminals, ranging from providing safe haven to Nazis and collaborators during the Cold War to the posthumous pursuit of Auschwitz’s notorious Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele.

“The Simon Wiesenthal Center urges the immediate release of the entire report. There must be full transparency as to who, how, and why war criminals and Nazi collaborators were protected by our government during the Cold War,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Founder and Dean and Associate Dean respectively of the leading Jewish Human Rights NGO named in honor of the late Nazi Hunter Simon Wiesenthal. “If there are factual errors, they should have been dealt with over the last four years. In addition, in 2010 it is simply unacceptable that any portions of this report would still be censored. President Obama has pledged that his administration would be a hallmark of transparency.

“We urge the President to order Attorney General Holder to immediately post the entire report, including any omissions, online along with all official documents related to it. The victims of the Holocaust are owed no less,” they concluded.

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