WASHINGTON (Sep. 17)
Ten leading members of the Jewish community of Melbourne, Australia, have been notified of their designation as “hostages” to be murdered if Israel executes Nazi criminal Adolf Eichman, the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S. A. was today informed by President F. A. Slutzkin of the Australian Federation of Jewish Ex-Service Associations.
Mr. Slutzkin wrote the JWV to determine if similar Nazi threats are being made against American Jewish personalities. A copy of the death threat mailed to Australian Jewish leaders indicated that recipients were informed of their “selection” as a hostage for Eichmann and placement on “the extermination list.” A picture of Eichmann in SS uniform and a swastika insignia were attached.
“This matter is at present in the hands of the special branch of the Victoria police,” the JWV was informed from Melbourne. Efforts are being made to trace the Nazi perpetrators. The JWV had heard of no similar threats in the United States.