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ADL Calls for Removal of Accused Nazi Collaborator from Republican Committee

October 5, 1971
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The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith has called for the immediate removal of Dr. Joseph Pauco, accused of having been a Nazi collaborator, from his post as controller of the Republican National Committee’s Ethnic Council. In a letter to Senator Robert Dole, chairman of the Republican National Committee. Seymour Graubard. ADL chairman, said it is “inconceivable that a person with Pauco’s appalling record should hold a high level post with the Republican National Committee. Americans of all political persuasions surely deserve better than that.”

Dr. Pauco, who came to the United States in 1950, was editor-in-chief during the 1940’s of Slovak, the official organ of Joseph Tiso who was installed by Hitler as ruler of Slovakia, and is currently editor of a Slovak language newspaper. Slovak v Amerike. in Middletown, Pa. He was originally brought into the Republican National Committee as chief Slovak-American advisor. The charge of his Nazi involvements was first made by syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, Describing Dr. Pauco as “Hitler’s leading propagandist in occupied Slovakia during the 1940’s who “trumpeted the Nazi line…and hailed the Nazi persecution of the Jews.” Anderson added that Pauco, as late as 1957. defended “his past Nazi activities as ‘the cause of great and sacred truth.’ “

Grauberd said that not only does the record indicate that “Dr. Pauco was indeed an active collaborator of the Nazi puppet regime of Joseph Tiso” but it shows that “ever since his arrival in this country, Dr. Pauco has campaigned to ‘rehabilitate’ the reputation of Tiso. who was hanged after World War II as a war criminal.” This latter activity. Graubard declared, is “indicative of an unchanged attitude.” He gave as an example a book, “Dr. Jozef Tiso o Sebe” (Dr. Joseph Tiso

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