NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 22, 1976
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(Studio) Dutchman Pieter Menten is art-collector and collaborated with Nazis in WW II. Fled Holland to Switzerland because of evidence coming out he'd done more than collaborate with Nazis. Now being returned.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Amsterdam, Holland) Menten's home in Amsterdam was lined with art it's now said he stole from Polish Jews. (Dutch television film shown.) When Menten decided to sell collection last June, he came to attention of Israeli newspaper editor, Haviv Kanaan, who emigrated from Poland to Israel; Kanaan claims Menten participated in executions of Jews in Poland, include some of Kanaan's family, while SS officer with Nazis. [KANAAN - says he and other relatives of Menten's victims can't live good life knowing Menten is free and happy.] On Dutch television interview, Menten says Kanaan is crazy. (Interview shown; statements translated on screen.) [MENTEN - says he can prove he was in Cracow.] Polish victimized villages now in USSR ; residents remember Menten by pictures shown them. USSR authorities ordered graves opened at site; film of findings shown. 1 survivor, now in Stockholm, is Michael Hauptmann. (Interview shown; translation on screen.) [HAUPTMANN - describes how Menten ordered his sister, American citizen, shot.] People in Holland now asking what Menten did and who protected him.
REPORTER: John Dancy