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June 4, 1986 | DON SHANNON, Times Staff Writer
The Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies said Tuesday that it has found that the French government learned of the full war record of former U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim in 1979, long before his possible connection with war crimes became public knowledge.
July 4, 1987
Within the next week, the Simon Wiesenthal Center hopes to distribute to its 362,000 members nationwide a petition calling on the Vatican to extend diplomatic recognition to the State of Israel, a spokesman for the Los Angeles-based organization said. The center is seeking "a noble deed" from the Vatican as a possible way to make amends for Pope John Paul II's granting of an audience to Austrian President Kurt Waldheim last week in the face of a worldwide Jewish outcry.
May 9, 1987
The charade that led to barring the entry to the United States of President Kurt Waldheim of Austria borders on the incredible. If, indeed, evidence exists that Waldheim is a war criminal, then he should be tried in a competent court, and if found guilty, he should be punished. But, lacking any real evidence of Waldheim's war crimes, U.S. Attorney Neal Sherb and his boss, Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese, III, have elected to try Waldheim, not in a proper court, but in the world press. The issue is not Waldheim's guilt or innocence; the issue is our government's willingness to abandon the law and adopt the lynch-mob mentality of certain special interest groups.
October 14, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center released the names of what it called the 10 most wanted war criminals on the U.N. War Crimes Commission's list Tuesday and urged the opening of U.N. files detailing their crimes. Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the center, said his organization has obtained the commission's list of 38,000 names in 12,000 files, compiled in the 1940s and never made public.
January 27, 2013 | By Tom Kington, Los Angeles Times
ROME - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been condemned by Jewish groups after he defended fascist dictator Benito Mussolini at an event commemorating victims of the Nazi Holocaust. Speaking on Sunday on the sidelines of an event in Milan marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Berlusconi also defended the Italian wartime dictator's decision to ally with Adolf Hitler. "It's difficult now to put yourself in the shoes of people who were making decisions at that time," said Berlusconi, 76, who is campaigning ahead of elections in February.
The head of a Dallas communications company said Thursday that he and his associates now see "with different eyes" the firm's controversial series of animated Bible videos that have been accused of containing anti-Jewish stereotypes and interpretations of the Scriptures. However, after meeting with Jewish leaders, he declined to say what, if any, changes would be made in the series that is being sold through television ads and in shopping malls.
February 18, 1988 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writer
Describing conditions in Palestinian camps and villages in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip as "appalling" and "degrading to any human beings," officials of the Simon Wiesenthal Center expressed support Wednesday for a $2-billion proposal to rebuild the settlements. Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the center, said that Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir suggested the rebuilding plan in a meeting last week.
Ending a yearlong inquiry, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that Justice Department lawyers had erred when they investigated the background of an alleged Nazi war criminal who was stripped of his U.S. citizenship and extradited to Israel for trial. But U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Wiseman Jr. of Cincinnati said the errors did not invalidate the denaturalization of John Demjanjuk, 72, a Cleveland auto mechanic, who is facing a death sentence in Israel for Nazi war crimes.
January 16, 1991 | From Associated Press
Military bases, airports and nuclear plants are under tight security in Southern California today as a growing risk of war increased fear of terrorist attacks. Those fears were heightened Tuesday by the possible sighting of an Iraqi sought by police on weapons and explosives charges. Law enforcement agencies were on the lookout for Duraid S. Azawi, an Iraqi citizen charged with possession of an illegal firearm and what was believed to be an explosive device.
May 28, 1986 | JACK JONES, Times Staff Writer
A million post cards urging the Reagan Administration to bar Austrian presidential candidate Kurt Waldheim from the United States are being distributed nationwide, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said Tuesday. The Los Angeles-based center, which focuses on studies of the Holocaust, said it was handing its post cards out to its national membership as well as through synagogues and public organizations.
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