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Mass Held for Nazi War Criminal

April 26, 1974
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A mass has been held at the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary here for the hanged Nazi war criminal Joseph Tiso. It was organized by the World Congress of Slovaks and the Slovak Association of Argentina. Msgr. Luis J. Tome officiated and speeches were made by Res. Gen. Horacio Queirol and Prof. Jordan Genta who spoke of Tiso as a martyr.

Joseph Tiso went to the gallows in Bratislava. Slovakia in 1947 after his conviction for war crimes that included the massacres and deportation of tens of thousands of Slovakian Jews. Tiso had been the leader of the Slovakian Fascist Popular Party and became the first Prime Minister and later President of the Independent Slovak Republic created by Hitler in occupied Czechoslovakia. He was an active collaborator with Adolf Eichmann.

The Rev. Father Julian Agero, parish priest of San Ignacio, categorically denied today reports that a mass would be celebrated for Hitler at his church April 30, the 29th anniversary of Hitler’s death. Father Agero said he felt compelled to refute malicious rumors that a Hitler mass would be celebrated.

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