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Letter 02   27-Apr-2000   Who is responsible for CJC denunciations?
"This individual was brought to the attention of the Commission by the Canadian Jewish Congress, whose source of information was a private individual." Jules Deschênes
  April 27, 2000
Irving Abella
Department of History
York University
2140 Vari Hall
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Irving Abella:

I bring to your attention the following sampling of CJC-sponsored denunciations forwarded to the Deschênes Commission of Inquiry on War Criminals:



CASE NO. 202.  This individual was brought to the attention of the Commission by the Canadian Jewish Congress, whose source of information was a private citizen.  There was no specific allegation of involvement in war crimes made against this individual, and the information received was irrational.  [...]  The Commission contacted the wife of the subject, who stated that she did not know the citizen (who made the allegation) and that her husband never had any business dealings with a person by that name.  The Commission also tried to locate the complainant but to no avail.


CASE NO. 247.  This individual was brought to the attention of the Commission by the Canadian Jewish Congress, whose source of information was a private citizen.  There was no specific allegation of involvement in war crimes made against the individual.  [...]  The Commission was advised by the German Military Service Office [...] that it had a record of a person with the same name as the subject, which indicated that he was a pilot in the Allied Air Force and had been taken prisoner by the Germans.


CASE NO. 269.  This individual was brought to the attention of the Commission by the Canadian Jewish Congress, whose source of information was a private citizen.  It was alleged that this individual is a physician whose physical description resembles that of the notorious war criminal Dr. Mengele.  [...]  Personal data of the subject taken from various documentation reveal the following in comparison with the information contained in the Commission file with respect to Dr. Mengele:
 

Year of Birth
Height
Weight
Eyes
Face
Chin
Subject

1913
6'3"+
195-215 lbs
Blue
Oval (from Photo)
Dr. Mengele

1911
5'8"+
Medium build
Brown
Round
Round
 
In addition, the picture of the subject appearing in the various documents received, does not suggest that he resembles Dr. Mengele.  All other search responses were negative.


CASE NO. 526.  This individual was brought to the attention of the Commission by the Canadian Jewish Congress, whose source of information was a private individual.  It was alleged that the subject under investigation might be Dr. Josef Mengele.  [...]  The Department of External Affairs reported that it had a record in respect of the individual, but that the individual had been born in 1928 in Canada [...][...]  Furthermore, the subject's name is not one of the aliases used from time to time by Josef Mengele.


CASE NO. 561.  This individual was brought to the attention of the Commission by the RCMP, whose source of information was the Canadian Jewish Congress.  It was alleged that the subject was responsible for the deaths of "hundreds of Jews."  No specific evidence of the alleged war crimes was provided.  [...]  Records of the Department of Employment and Immigration [...] indicate that the subject was born in 1941 [...].


CASE NO. 658.  This individual was brought to the attention of the Commission by Mr. Sol Littman and the Canadian Jewish Congress.  Mr. Littman indicated that he had no specific allegation to evidence that this individual had been involved in war crimes, and the source of his information was the Canadian Jewish Congress.  The Canadian Jewish Congress indicated that this individual was alleged by an unnamed source to have been a member of the Gestapo in an Eastern European country.  [...]  The Commission located the subject in Canada in 1986.  [...]  The Commission determined that [...] he was a member of the Luftwaffe.


As CJC War Crimes Committee Chair, have you investigated denunciations such as the above to determine what CJC officials bear responsibility for them?  Can you reassure the Canadian public that the CJC staff responsible for such denunciations has been fired, or at least disciplined?

Has the CJC War Crimes Committee of which you are Chair been alerted to the danger that such irresponsible denunciations as the above may occasion criminal prosecution, as perhaps under the public mischief law?

Has the CJC War Crimes Committee of which you are Chair discussed the advisability of introducing psychiatric screening or intervention directed at either the originator of each denunciation or at the CJC staffers that process it in an effort to reduce the frequency of public mischief?

Finally, has the CJC War Crimes Committee of which you are Chair discussed the possibility that it is mistaking for gratuitous anti-Semitism what in fact is nothing more than righteous indignation at the irresponsibility of Jewish leaders?



Lubomyr Prytulak


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