ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 26, 1984
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(Studio) American Jewish orgs. reported asking Pope John Paul II to investigate contd. reports that Vatican aided Nazi war criminals escape from Europe after World War II; request said following release of formerly secret State Department report from 1947 which claimed Vatican was largest single organization involved in illegal movement of aliens, include former Nazis.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(No location given) Former 55 colonel Walter Rauff recalled inventor and operator of mobile death chambers disguised as Red Cross vehicles used by Nazis for mass exterminations of European Jews; photos shown. [Simon Wiesenthal Center dean Rabbi Marvin HIER - notes Rauff testified in Chilean court that Vatican aided his escape.] [Chilean Nazi-hunter Beate KLARSFELD - describes Vatican's aid to Rauff.] "The Sunday Times" claim that Sister Pasqualina, papal confidante to Pius XII, helped supply forged documents for Rauff's escape discussed; State Department's claims of Vatican-Nazi relations as well noted. [Historian Charles ALLEN, Junior - claims lack of evidence to substantiate such claims.] Vatican's refusal to either comment on claims or deny allegations pvtly. noted. Hopes that Pinochet government will expel Rauff from Chile to either W. Germany or Israel mentioned.
REPORTER: John Martin