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Wiesenthal Suing Austrian Socialists over Documentation Center Threats

Simon Wiesenthal has filed suit against the central secretariat of the Socialist party of Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, the Nazi-hunter reported in a Sept. 14 letter received here today by Harry Evans, a supporter of Wiesenthal’s Documentation Center in Vienna. Wiesenthal wrote he had started the suit because the secretariat had denied his charge that the Austrian government had threatened to shut down the center. He labeled as “blasphemous” the Austrian government’s statement that the center would be allowed to remain open as long as it adhered to Austrian law. He condemned the implication of that statement, asking “Is there anything illegal that the Documentation Center has already done?” A spokesman for the Austrian Consulate here, queried about the suit, said he had no information about the matter.