Search JTA's historical archive dating back to 1923

Meese Pledges to Support Osi Effort Against Nazi War Criminals Still in U.S.

June 5, 1985
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

Attorney General Edwin Meese has pledged the Justice Department’s full support to the Office of Special Investigations in its efforts against suspected Nazi war criminals living in the U.S.

Meese assured Jewish leaders that the OSI would have the means to proceed “full throttle ahead” with its work, according to the World Jewish Congress.

The Attorney General directed himself to previous assurances given to the WJC by the head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Stephen Trott, who confirmed that the resources of the FBI and the U.S. Marshall Service would be used in the worldwide hunt for Nazi criminal Josef Mengele.

“The assurances by the Attorney General that this nation is fully committed to proceed against the Nazi war criminals still among us is a renewed affirmation that the United States stands firmly against those who seek to rehabilitate or whitewash the Nazi horrors of the past,” WJC executive director Israel Singer said.

According to the WJC, last month there was a nationwide campaign spearheaded by various Baltic and Ukranian emigre groups to prevent the OSI from continuing with its drive to flush out Nazi criminals living in the U.S.

Recommended from JTA