MONTREAL (Jan. 28)
Robert Kaplan, a former Solicitor General, asserted today that he believes there are Nazi war criminals living in Canada and that some may have entered the country immediately after World War II by making “certain deals” with the ruling government in power at the time.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, meanwhile, is conducting an investigation of its files to determine whether any alleged Nazis may have illegally entered Canada and escaped arrest, according to Solicitor-General Elmer MacKay.
The remarks by the former and current Solicitor-Generals followed reports by the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center alleging that Joseph Mengele, the Auschwitz “angel of death, “applied for entry into Canada in 1962.
Kaplan, interviewed on national television, suggested that some war criminals may have gained admission to Canada by offering in exchange to Canadian authorities important information regarding the infiltration of agents of the Soviet Union into Canada immediately after the war.
A member of the Parliament for the opposition Liberal Party, Kaplan asked the new Conservative government to release two reports the Mounties had prepared at his orders while serving as Solicitor General.
“Had not the Liberal government fallen from power, these two reports would have been brought to public knowledge and measures of retribution taken against war criminals and their protectors,” Kaplan said.
MacKay, meanwhile, told reporters last week that “this government is not going to protect any Nazis or any other types of war criminals. “The Wiesenthal Center estimates that some 3,000 Nazi war criminals and collaborators found refuge in Canada.