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June 21, 2001

WIESENTHAL CENTER WELCOMES ESTONIAN HISTORICAL COMMISSION FINDINGS WHICH CONFIRM HOLOCAUST CRIMES OF EVALD MIKSON

The Simon Wiesenthal Center today welcomed the recently-published findings of the Estonian Historical Commission for the Investigation of Crimes Against Humanity which confirmed the Centers allegations that Evald Mikson had played an active role in the murder of Jews in Estonia during his service as Deputy Chief of the Estonian Political Police in the Tallinn-Harju district during World War II.

In a statement issued in Jerusalem by Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff, who researched the Mikson case and led the campaign for his prosecution, the Center registered its regret that Mikson had passed away before he could be prosecuted but expressed deep satisfaction that the findings of the commission, established by Estonian President Lennrt Meri and composed of figures of international repute, confirmed the allegations against Mikson submitted by the Center to the Icelandic authorities. In Zuroffs words:

Justice sometime arrives too late for criminal prosecution but at long last the shadow of doubt regarding the wartime crimes of Evald Mikson has finally dissipated and his important role in the mass murder of Estonian Jews had finally been authoritatively confirmed."

We are particularly pleased that the official Estonian Commission has noted Miksons criminal activities because for quite some time leading Estonian officials, and even the Estonian Foreign Ministry, had sought to defend Mikson and deny his participation in crimes against humanity.

We hope that the pioneering research carried out by the commission will not only clarify the role played by Estonians in the crimes of World War II, but will also facilitate the prosecution of those Estonian Holocaust perpetrators who can still be brought to justice.

For more information, contact the Wiesenthal Centers Public Relations Department, 310-553-9036.