WASHINGTON — Vice President George Bush's campaign organization dismissed a member of its volunteer ethnic outreach organization Thursday because the man appeared as a character witness for convicted death camp guard John Demjanjuk and belongs to an organization which denies that the Nazi Holocaust ever took place.
Campaign spokesman Mark Goodin said Jerome Brentar was asked to step down from the American Nationalities for Bush organization because his views were "at fundamental odds with the vice president and this campaign."
The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles said Brentar testified as a defense witness in Demjanjuk's deportation hearing in 1984. Demjanjuk was convicted in Israel and sentenced to death as the sadistic Treblinka death camp guard Ivan the Terrible.
Another Was Pro-Nazi
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the center that was established to document Nazi war crimes, said another member of the nationalities group, Floan Galdau, was convicted in 1941 of membership in the pro-Nazi Romanian Iron Guard. He added that a third member of the organization, Philip A. Guarino, was removed from a Republican campaign organization eight years ago after making a racist remark.