AMSTERDAM (Feb. 21)
The Jewish community in Ireland is seeking to bar Dutch Nazi war criminal Pieter Menten from entering that country after his release from prison in Holland at the end of next month.
Menten, described as a multimillionaire art dealer, was sentenced in 1980 to 10 years’ imprisonment for complicity in the murders of 20 Jewish and other residents of the Polish village of Podhorodoze in July, 1941. The years he spent in detention before and during his prolonged trial were deducted from the sentence. He is now 85.
Menten owns a country home in County Waterford, Ireland, said to be filled with art treasures, many of which may have been looted from Jews in Holland during the Nazi occupation. It is believed he plans to settle there because his luxurious villa in Blaricum, east of Amsterdam, was set on fire several years ago and is not habitable.
According to reports from Dublin, Ben Briscoe, an opposition Member of Parliament, has urged Parliament and the government not to admit Menten to Ireland.