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Soviet Bloc Countries Not Cooperating with Israel on Eichmann

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Soviet Bloc countries are displaying a negative attitude toward Israel’s request to provide material on Adolf Eichmann, notorious Nazi leader who directed the killing of 6,000,000 Jews in Europe, in connection with this forthcoming trial here, it was indicated today.

While several East European countries had earlier expressed publicly their willingness to give all assistance to Israeli efforts to try Eichmann, no reply has yet been received from any of the Society bloc countries to Israel’s formal request on this subject. This, despite the fact that the press in these countries has given wide publicity to the fact that Eichmann has finally been captured.

The Soviet publication “New Times” which reached here today from Moscow carries an article stressing the fact that Eichmann was responsible for the mass-killing of “six million men, women and children who were exterminated after being tortured.” The article criticizes those abroad who suggest that the Eichmann trial should take place in West Germany, pointing out that if Eichmann were judged there, “it can be expected that after a short time he will be liberated.”

“The Eichmann process, which will take place in Israel, should not only contribute to punishing people who are guilty of war crimes, but also to stop reactionary attempts to bring back this system, this regime and these crimes,” the Soviet organ states.

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