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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
May 1, 1995, V3, #79
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Clinton Takes Part in Yom HaShoah Remembrance
By Deborah Tate (New York)
President Clinton joined survivors of the Holocaust in New York
Sunday to mark the liberation of the Nazi death camps 50 years ago.
Clinton called on future generations never to forget the events of
the Holocaust, and to oppose what he called "new forms of organized
Following an emotional candle-lighting ceremony by concentration
camp survivors in memory of the Six Million who perished in death
camps, Clinton said the events of the Holocaust must never be
allowed to fade.
With the Oklahoma City bombing still weighing heavily on the
president's mind, Clinton said hatred still flourishes where it has
a chance, and intolerance still lurks, waiting to spread. He said
the task of those born after the Holocaust is to stand against
"Soon, the living memory of the Holocaust will pass. Those of us,
then, who were born after the war will then have to shoulder the
responsibility that the survivors have carried for so long -- to
fight all forms of racism, to combat those who distort the past,
and peddle hate in the present."
The president said more and more American children are being taught
the lessons of the Holocaust, and expressed hope they would one day
be the kind of adults who would take action if someone ever came to
take a friend or neighbor away.
Dachau Survivors Meet with American Liberators
By Evans Hays (Bonn)
The Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, outside Munich in southern
Germany, became the model for thousands of other camps set up by
Germany when Adolf Hitler took power. This weekend, camp survivors
and American war veterans who liberated the camp 50 years ago came
together again to mark the occasion.
Dachau would be an ordinary town, known mainly for its proximity to
the Bavarian capital, Munich, were it not for the fact that it is
home to the concentration camp.
At commemoration ceremonies on Sunday, the leader of Germany's
Jewish community, Ignatz Bubis, said that the German state, in
building the Dachau concentration camp, turned the entire Third
Reich -- Hitler's Germany -- into an enormous prison.
The camp at Dachau was a model that the Nazis copied throughout
Germany and in occupied lands. More than 30,000 people died there
from disease, overwork or execution.
Millions of others -- including Six Million Jews -- died in other
The Dachau camp was opened in March 1933, soon after Hitler took
power, to house political prisoners opposed to Hitler's regime. It
soon became one of many thousands of camps used for extermination
or forced labor.
Bubis told those at the ceremony that Dachau represents the
brutality and inhumanity of the Nazi regime, from its first day in
power to the bitter end.
Polish Foreign Minister Speaks of World War 2
By Dagmar Breitenbach (Bonn)
Polish Foreign Minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski was the only foreign
guest invited to speak at a special ceremony in the German
parliament to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of World War 2.
The appearance was a concession to Poland after German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl excluded Polish leaders from celebrations in Berlin on
In his speech, Bartoszewski welcomed the current state of relations
between Poland and Germany, and urged a further strengthening of
Speaking to both houses of parliament, in a special commemoration
ceremony, the Polish foreign minister said we must make up for time
lost through mistrust, contempt, enmity and war. Half a century
after World War 2 -- which began with Nazi Germany's aggression
against Poland -- Bartoszewski said a deeply democratic Germany has
again taken on a constructive role in Europe's history.
The Polish foreign minister was invited to speak before the German
Parliament after it became clear that no Polish leader would be
asked to Germany's official ceremonies to mark the end of the war.
Kohl has invited only the leaders of the former four Allies -- the
United States, Britain, France and Russia -- to speak in Berlin May
8. Kohl defended his decision, saying it would be impossible to
have as guests the leaders of every country that suffered under the
Autopsy Shows Arab Detainee was Tortured
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
A Scottish pathologist who witnessed the autopsy of a Palestinian
prisoner who died in Israeli custody last week says the man was
tortured to death. The doctor attended the autopsy at the request
of the detainee's family.
Dr. Derek Pounder joined two Israeli physicians at the autopsy, and
he told Israeli Army Radio they all agreed on the cause of the
prisoner's death. "There is no doubt, whatsoever, about the cause
of death. And it's very clear that he has died from unnatural
causes, and that he has died from torture."
The Palestinian prisoner, Abdel-Samad Harizat, died last Tuesday
morning at a Jerusalem hospital, where he had been taken after
spending one night in police custody. Harizat was a known
supporter of the extremist group, Hamas, which has carried out a
series of attacks against Israelis in recent months. Israel says
he was a leader of a Hamas unit, but the Harizat family denies the
Israeli government spokesman Uri Dromi calls Harizat's death
"regrettable" and says there will be a thorough investigation.
Dromi also denies that interrogators use torture, but he says
restrictions have been eased on the use of force in interrogations
in recent months because of the constant threat of attacks.
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