CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1985
Vienna-based Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal has asked the U.S. State Department to try to prevent an American veterans group from meeting next week in Germany with former German Waffen SS soldiers they once battled, the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center said Wednesday. The center released a Sept. 11 letter addressed to Helene van Damm, U.S.
September 17, 1985 |
Despite protests by Jewish organizations, veterans of an American World War II infantry division intend to meet next week in Germany with German Waffen SS soldiers they once battled, organizers of the 50-member tour group said Monday. Members of the 70th Infantry Division have met with Waffen SS veterans every two years since 1977, and will do so again this year, said Floyd Freeman, 60, a South Gate travel agent who is a veteran of the division and has organized the tour.
April 26, 1985 |
In an emotional speech Thursday to the West German Parliament, Chancellor Helmut Kohl publicly thanked President Reagan for accepting an invitation to visit a German soldiers' cemetery next month. The Parliament soundly defeated a proposal to withdraw the controversial invitation after bitter argument about the issue and Germany's Nazi past. "I am grateful to the President of the United States for this noble gesture," Kohl told Parliament.
October 28, 1985
West German leftists protesting a rally by Waffen SS veterans of World War II broke into court offices in Hamburg, smashing windows and throwing documents into the street. The protesters apparently were angry because the courts and city officials had not banned the rally, held by veterans of the combat branch of the SS, Adolf Hitler's elite force. Later, demonstrators smashed windows at the Dutch Consulate in Hamburg.
August 12, 2006 |
Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gunter Grass acknowledged in an interview that he served in the Nazi Waffen SS, the combat arm of Adolf Hitler's dreaded paramilitary forces, during World War II, a German newspaper reported Friday. Grass was asked why he was making the disclosure after so many years during an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, in which he discusses a memoir about the war years to be published next month. "It weighed on me," he said.
March 16, 1986
I certainly agree with David Shaw's review that Irving Wallace's "The Seventh Secret" (Book Review, March 2) is a contrived and regurgitated affair, to the point of once again leveling conspiracy and guilt on today's "official" Germany: The Berlin police certainly can't be trusted in a hunt for the surviving Eva Braun! What deeply disturbs me, however, is Shaw's attempt to expose the "cheap-shot suggestion" by Wallace that the "Evelyn Hoffman/Eva Braun" character would respect Reagan's visit to Bitburg as an "honor to the Waffen SS" via compounding this dangerous fantasy.