WASHINGTON (Feb. 3)
Rep. Joshua Eilberg (D.Pa.) reported that the State Department has informed him it has formally asked the Soviet Union to cooperate in locating witnesses to crimes said to have been committed by alleged Nazi war criminals now living in the United States. He said that the U.S. request was delivered last week to the Soviet Foreign Ministry in Moscow.
Eilberg, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and International Law, said 55 persons are in the United States who have been accused of perpetrating crimes during World War II. He wants the U.S. government to take action against them.
Noting that “We have been trying for almost three years to get the State Department to take this action,” of asking Soviet help, Eilberg recalled that on his visit to Moscow last May, “the Russian officials promised me that our government would have full cooperation without any reservations.” He said that “now it is up to the Russians to honor their commitment and to prove that their word is good, at least in this area.”