WASHINGTON (Jan. 31)
The State Department has directed the American Embassy in Cairo to investigate a report submitted by B’nai B’rith that former Nazi officers are leading Egypts anti-Jewish persecutions, it was reported here today.
William M. Rountree, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, told B’nai B’rith president Philip M. Klutznick that the Cairo Embassy had been asked to ‘investigate and comment” on the matter.
The B’nai B’rith report told of thousands of former Nazi officers now working under Arabic aliases and holding Egyptian passports. It asserted that ex-Nazis are directing Nasser’s program of terror” against Egyptian Jews. It said that more than 4,000 Jews had been imprisoned by a Nazi-run government security agency and that Egypt had begun establishment of five concentration camps large enough to hold Egypt’s native Jewish population.