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In Defense of Tony Renterghem

January 12, 1986

As the head of CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz--Nazis' Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors), the organization of the Mengele Twins, I would like to comment on your article, "Pair Tells of Island Hunt for Mengele."

I have been in contact with Mr. and Mrs. Tony van Renterghem since the amazing turnabout by the government authorities, and by the Simon Wiesenthal Center after the death hoax of Mengele.

To insinuate, as Rabbi Hier did, that Mr. and Mrs. Tony van Renterghem pursued the Mengele cover up for reasons of personal profit or self aggrandizement is pure slander. Mr. Tony van Renterghem, who by the way is not Jewish, has donated all his research material and his time to our organization at no charge whatsoever; in the same manner as he has done so before to help Rabbi Hier and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Not only that, he had donated money, printing and mailing costs to assist our organization and bring the Mengele cover-up to the attention of the media and has promised to donate any profits of such publication to our survivor's organization, CANDLES.

In contrast to the Renterghems, Rabbi Hier and the Simon Wiesenthal Center have never donated any research material or information on Josef Mengele, to us--his victims--nor have I ever received any financial contribution from Rabbi Hier and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. . . .

As a Jew, I am ashamed of Rabbi Hier and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Contrary to public opinion, Rabbi Hier and the Simon Wiesenthal Center do not have concentration camp survivors in positions of leadership on their staff; they are part of a highly vocal, media conscious, self-serving, conservative religious Jewish Center (somewhat like the Moral Majority on the Christian side) who have appointed themselves as the media spokesmen for the Holocaust and its survivors. This they are not!

EVA MOZES KOR

Executive Director of CANDLES

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