NBC Evening News for Monday, May 06, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Saint Petersburg, Florida) Former SS mbrs.living in United States and possibility of some being chgd. with war crimes for their role in World War II examined; films, photos shown. Many living in Saint Petersburg, Florida, said under investigation by government for possibly aiding Nazi war criminal Konrad Kalejs, now in custody. SS units from Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine recalled militant Nazis with reputation for brutality; unity of Latvian SS vets. living in United States described. [Reverend Andris LAMBERTS - recalls SS extermination of Jews in Latvia; claims former SS are living throughout US.] Lamberts' effort to encourage Latvians in Saint Petersburg not to protect former SS members mentioned. Org. of former SS members and their supporters in United States to help protect and defense accused Nazi war criminals discussed. [Former SS member Waldos TUCHLER - acknowledges membership in SS; claims current attention on Nazi war criminals is conspiracy between KGB and Jews; calls for protection of Nazi war criminals.] Lobbying efforts to halt Justice Department investigations detailed; letter to Attorney General Edwin Meese by Latvian SS vets. quoted on screen with regard to Jewish conspiracy. [SS VET. - deflects media.]
REPORTER: Brian Ross