WASHINGTON (Aug. 23)
The State Department today received word from the U.S. Embassy in Prague that Prof. Bernard Hardmeyer, a pathologist, was permitted to take sample tissues of the remains of Charles H. Jordan to Zurich, Switzerland, for examination at the Legal Medical Institute there, Dr. Hardmeyer is deputy director of the Institute.
The State Department also announced that Czech physicians are completing their own study of tissues connected with the Jordan autopsy, and would report their findings to the U.S, Embassy in Prague. Seymour Rubin, Washington attorney representing the JDC, arrived in Prague and began discussions with Czech officials, including police authorities, the State Department said.
Meanwhile the U.S. Embassy in Prague has received a “preliminary police report” on the mysterious death of Mr. Jordan, a State Department spokesman said today. Spokesman Carl Bartch said the report was transmitted in a formal diplomatic note. It merely summarized “information already made public,” Mr. Bartch said. The Czech foreign office told the U.S. Embassy that an investigation is continuing and “a further and fuller report” would be submitted “in due course.”
National Commander-in-Chief Leslie M. Fry, of the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars, now holding its national convention in New Orleans, today informed Government officials here that “the members of the VFW share the deep horror of their comrades, the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A., over the murder by Communists of Charles H. Jordan.” Mr. Fry said that “the Communists must stand before the bar of world public opinion, condemned by one more barbarous crime against humanity. This is another in the long list of anti-Jewish, anti-Israel and anti-democratic acts of violence and terror committed by the Communists.”
(In a telegram to Louis Broido, chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee, Ambassador Gideon Rafael, permanent representative of Israel to the United Nations, said: “I am profoundly shocked at the horrible death of Charles Jordan. He was a man of good deeds, dedicated soul and body to the cause of alleviating Jewish suffering. The mind shudders at the thought that he himself should now have fallen a victim.”)