June 10, 1985 |
After a breathless first act, the search for Josef Mengele, the death camp doctor of Auschwitz, now becomes a drama of patient police and scientific detection in which Brazilian national honor confronts international incredulity. "It doesn't matter if he lived here (as sworn statements from two families attest). What is important is whether it was Mengele in the coffin," said Neal Sher, a U.S. Justice Department official here to offer American assistance to the Brazilian investigation.
March 3, 1989 |
Nearly four years after remains unearthed from a Brazilian cemetery were identified as those of Dr. Josef Mengele, the notorious Auschwitz death camp doctor, the U.S. government refuses to close its books and make public its final report on the case. The Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations has rejected requests by a Holocaust survivors group and by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles to release the lengthy report under the federal Freedom of Information Act.
August 4, 1988
About 600 suspected Nazi war criminals are under investigation in the United States, and 30 denaturalization and deportation cases are pending in the courts, a U.S. Justice Department official said in Jerusalem. Neal Sher, head of the department's Office of Special Investigations, said the growing number of proceedings against suspected war criminals is the result of an aggressive policy to seek out Nazi collaborators. "I don't wait for someone to present me with an allegation.
February 12, 1985
A federal magistrate in Los Angeles delayed the scheduled start of an extradition hearing for Andrija Artukovic, 85, wanted by Yugoslavia on murder charges in connection with the slaughter of more than 700,000 Serbs, Jews and Gypsies in Croatia during World War II. U.S. Magistrate Volney V. Brown Jr. reset the scheduled start of the hearing to Feb.
February 11, 1995 |
Eli Rosenbaum, a career federal attorney, was named director on Friday of the Justice Department's section for hunting Nazi war criminals in this country. A 39-year-old native of New York, Rosenbaum has been acting director of the Office of Special Investigations in the department's criminal division since March, 1994. He replaces Neal M. Sher, who left last March to become executive director of the American-Israel Political Affairs Committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1985 |
A retired Cleveland auto mechanic who is accused of being a sadistic Nazi guard known as "Ivan the Terrible" in a Polish death camp has lost an appeal to remain in the United States. The U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals last week rejected the appeal by John Demjanjuk, who has been fighting deportation to the Soviet Union. "The board dismissed the respondent's appeal . . . and found him deportable," said David Holmes, chief attorney examiner for the board.