PARIS (Jan. 27)
The film, “The Odessa File,” based on the novel of the same name which depicts a world-wide organization of Nazi war criminals and former SS officers, is not fiction but the truth, according to Pierre Bloc, president of the Committee Against Racism and Anti-Semitism, “We believe there are still about 100 war criminals who are free and we want to find them,” Bloc said. He cited as only one example, Klaus Barbie, the “butcher of Lyons” who is living in Bolivia and so far has managed to evade all attempts to have him extradited to France.
Bloc could not say whether the Nazi network is as widespread as the one described in “The Odessa File.” He noted, however, that a recent meeting of Fascist and Nazi organizations in southern France drew members from all corners of the globe. “It is incontestable that a Nazi organization exists and they have money… We must not forget this if we are to avoid it happening all over again,” Bloc said.