Archive/File: people/b/bellant.russ bellant.a04 From oneb!cs.ubc.ca!destroyer!caen!uunet!olivea!sgigate!sgi!cdp!cberlet Mon Dec 14 13:13:58 PST 1992 Article: 8148 of alt.conspiracy Path: oneb!cs.ubc.ca!destroyer!caen!uunet!olivea!sgigate!sgi!cdp!cberlet From: firstname.lastname@example.org (NLG Civil Liberties Committee) Newsgroups: alt.conspiracy Subject: Re: Bellant: Old Nazi Networks in US Message-ID: <email@example.com> Date: 12 Dec 92 02:29:00 GMT References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sender: Notesfile to Usenet Gateway
Lines: 168 Nf-ID: #R:cdp:1299600110:cdp:1299600137:000:8462 Nf-From: cdp.UUCP!cberlet Dec 11 18:29:00 1992 /* Written 9:11 pm Dec 8, 1992 by cberlet in igc:publiceye */ /* Written 8:30 pm Dec 6, 1992 by cberlet in igc:p.news */ /* Written 7:43 pm Mar 7, 1990 by nlgclc in igc:publiceye */ Bellant: Old Nazis/Appendix 4 Chronology of 1988 Bush Campaign Controversy by Chip Berlet PART 2 - The Bush Counterattack 9/15/88--With the resignations out of the way, the Bush counterattack begins. Bush spokesperson Mark Goodin denounces Bush's political enemies for disseminating "reckless allegations" Although he claims the Bush campaign has not seen the Bellant report, Goodin says "The campaign has been unable to substantiate any of the allegations...They are some of the most reckless allegations levelled against anybody... .This has the unmistakable stink of Boston Harbor." Bush campaign supporters begin to refer to the charges as "Sasso-like attacks," and tell reporters the Bellant report is part of a Dukakis dirty-tricks effort. In fact, Political Research Associates has no ties to the Dukakis campaign and had moved to Cambridge from Chicago the previous summer, but the smear sticks. Most major media drop the story. 9/15/88--For those newspapers still covering the story, the Bush campaign's statements start to unravel. reports that Florian Galdau says he had never been asked to resign and had no intention of doing so. According to the newspaper, Galdau "said he had never signed a statement issued by the Bush campaign in his name and that of four others whose resignations the campaign announced." Says Galdau, "I did not resign. Why should I resign? I don't want to resign. I was appointed [to the Bush committee]...and I don't think they have the right to ask me to resign." Galdau's son, Florin: "[The Bush campaign] called my father [on Sept. 12] and denied they had any information whatsoever on any of the allegations made [against] him. Neither [the caller] or anyone else in the Bush campaign asked my father to resign--and he did not resign...If they ask him to resign, he will tell them to go to hell." Meanwhile on a Cable Network News program Jerome Brentar insists he never resigned from the Bush ethnic panel; and he denies that the Nazis deliberately gassed Jews during the Holocaust. Bush spokesperson David Sandor quickly responds: "This is obviously in conflict with what we have said. We stand by what we have said... .We didn't force them to resign... .George Bush is their friend. They will continue to support him. They stand by their statement." 9/16/88--Jerome A. Brentar tells the he is "definitely still in the campaign, still in the coalition... .I was asked to step down. I told them that I'll step down if they send me a letter outlining why I have to step down, what I did wrong to earn this degradation... .Until I get such a letter, I feel I'm still part of the Coalition." The Bush campaign finally takes its only stand relating to the actual issues involved, and issues the following statement: "Jerome Brentar and this campaign disagreed... .We were at fundamental odds over some very important beliefs in this campaign toward racial and religious tolerance, and he was asked to step down... .as far as we're concerned he's no longer part of this campaign." 9/18/88-- reporter David Lee Preston reports that since 1969, several dozen alleged Nazis, fascists and anti-Semites have held leadership posts in the Heritage Groups Council. He quotes Allan A. Ryan, Jr. (now with the legal office of Harvard University but formerly director of the Justice Department's OSI war criminal probe) as saying he had read Bellant's report and found it to be "well documented and reliable." Preston also reports that in 1972 a convicted Nazi war criminal Boleslavs Maikovskis of Minneola, N.Y. served on the advisory board of the Latvian-American section of the Republican's Heritage Council for the Re-Election of the President. 9/22/88--In the Republican National Committee's Kathryn Murray admits she has not read the evidence contained in the Bellant report, but claims the report is "filled with ridiculous charges" and "insults all ethnic Americans." Murray says the RNC has no intention of examining evidence of the extremist background presented against anyone in the report. The paper, however, reports ADL has evidence backing charges against four of the persons resigning from Bush campaign. The quotes Albert Maruggi, RNC press secretary, saying there were no plans to investigate the backgrounds of any of the ethnic group members cited in the Bellant report. Incredibly, four of the Bush ethnic panel members who resigned, Guarino, Slavoff, Galdau, and Pasztor, are still active in the RNC's Heritage Group's Council. 9/27/88--The carries an Alan Dershowitz column where Dershowitz reveals he has independent knowledge of some of Bellant's charges. "I first heard about the presence of Nazis in the hierarchy of the Republican Party as far back as 1970" In the course of working on the New York governor's race, Dershowitz says he "learned that several members of a Republican `Captive Nations Committee' were Nazi sympathizers who had been personally involved in the Holocaust in Europe, as well as with racist and neo-Nazi groups in America." 9/27/88-- columnist Pete Hamill in a column titled "George Bush and his fascist fan club" quotes Menachem Rosensaft, president of the Labor Zionist Alliance and leader of the International Network of Children of the Holocaust: "He accepted their resignations. And he said he was against anti-Semitism. But when they were gone, an aide said the charges against these men were `unsubstantiated and politically motivated.' Clearly Bush wanted them out once they were exposed, but he still wants the votes of their constituency." 9/29/88--Ron Kauffman, Northeast political director for the Bush Campaign tells the newspaper the Bellant report is "totally outrageous." Mark Goodin, Bush Campaign spokesman, denounces Bellant's report and says people who voluntary resigned from campaign "vigorously defended" themselves against the charges. "We were not able to substantiate any of the allegations...These individuals maintain fierce opposition to the charges. We certainly accept that explanation." [At no time during the controversy did the Bush campaign contact Political Research Associates or Russ Bellant]. 11/1/88 Author Charles R. Allen Jr., an expert on the emigre Nazi network, questions the candor of Bush when he "professed ignorance of [the] pro-Nazi backgrounds" of the ethnic campaign supporters. In a article, Allen produces a 1983 photograph of George Bush shaking hands with Yaroslav Stetsko, then leader of the pro-Nazi Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations>. The photo was taken at a White House reception. Bush signed the photo: "To the Honorable Yaroslav Stetsko with best wishes--George Bush." Allen also produced a 1976 RNC memo in which Bush, as RNC Chair, is reported to have reviewed the past work of the Republican Heritage Groups Council and set goals for the coming year. 11/4/88 The reports charges concerning the background of Bush ethnic coalition leader Akselis Mangulis. Even before the story appears in print, the Bush campaign announces Mangulis has resigned, although the woman who answers the phone at the Mangulis residence tells reporters Mr. Mangulis was not asked to resign and would not resign. *** Mangulis, a Latvian member of CAN, is accused of belonging to the Latvian Legion which during WWII was conected to the Nazi SS. Prior to the election, the charges in Bellant's report are not covered in the , , , or . Coverage was extensive in the Jewish daily and weekly press, as well as alternative weeklies and monthlies, but for most of the country the story was never examined outside coverage of the initial resignations. Following the election, on November 19, 1988. the ran an Op-Ed page column by Russ Bellant.
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