We applaud your editorial dealing with the case of Estonian national Karl Linnas convicted in absentia by a Soviet court in 1962 for allegedly running a prison camp in Tartu during World War II.
Americans must not accept the deportation of Linnas to the Soviet Union as the final solution. Because of the serious nature of the belated pursuit and prosecution of alleged Nazi war criminals, the United States not only has a duty to use the highest standards of justice in these cases but also must exercise great care not to strengthen or give credibility to the totalitarian regimes in the Soviet Union and other Communist countries.
Because of its role as willing partner with Nazi Germany (1939-1941), its continuing human, religious, and national rights abuses, and systematic anti-Semitism, the U.S.S.R. desecrates the memory of the Holocaust and is the least acceptable nation to serve the cause of justice.
Deportation to the Soviet Union of any former refugee from Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania would constitute an explicit violation of the longstanding U.S. policy of non-recognition of the forcible and illegal seizure of the Baltic nations by the U.S.S.R. in June, 1940.