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Wiesenthal Center urges Release of Report

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Simon Wiesenthal Center is urging President Obama to order the release of a 2006 U.S. Justice Department report that, according to a report by The New York Times, details the government’s checkered post-World War II record on Nazi war criminals. According to the Times, which claims to have a copy of the complete 600-page document, the report details activities ranging from providing safe haven to Nazis and collaborators during the Cold War to the posthumous pursuit of Auschwitz’s notorious Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele.

“The Simon Wiesenthal Center urges the immediate release of the entire report. There must be full transparency as to who, how, and why war criminals and Nazi collaborators were protected by our government during the Cold War,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Center, and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the organization’s associate dean. “If there are factual errors, they should have been dealt with over the last four years. In 2010 it is simply unacceptable that any portions of this report would still be censored. President Obama has pledged that his administration would be a hallmark of transparency.

“We urge the President to order Attorney General Holder to immediately post the entire report, including any omissions, online along with all official documents related to it. The victims of the Holocaust are owed no less.”

Commissioned in 1999 by then-Attorney General Janet Reno, the report has been under wraps since 2006.

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