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02:58 PM ET 08/12/98

Accused Nazi collaborator testifies that war is evil

         
            By Gail Appleson, Law Correspondent
            NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man accused of helping the Nazis
slaughter Jews testified Wednesday that he was raised in a
religious Mennonite community where he was taught war was evil
and to always love his enemy.
            Jack Reimer, 79, of Carmel, New York, testified on his own
behalf in a trial to determine whether he lied about his wartime
activities in order to emigrate to the United States. The trial
is being held in Manhattan federal court.
            Prosecutors allege he helped the Nazis round up and
exterminate Jews in Poland during the Second World War. They 
are asking U.S. District Judge Lawrence McKenna to revoke
Reimer's citizenship.
             Reimer, a thin, elderly man, testified he had been raised
in a religious Mennonite community in Ukraine where he was
taught to pray at every meal and when he got up in the morning
and went to bed at night.
            ``We were taught you're not supposed to hate anybody. You're
supposed to love your enemy ...and pray for those who persecute
you. I do that until this day,'' said Reimer.
            His testimony drew groans from the crowded courtroom.
            Reimer said that because of their strong religious beliefs,
members of the Mennonite community were exempt from military
service.
            ``We didn't believe in war...war kills people,'' he said.
             After the Communists took over his village, Reimer said his
father was sent to a labor camp and his older brother was sent
to Siberia. He said his father was sent to the camp only because
he owned property.
            Reimer said the remainder of his family moved to a different
village and he eventually went to a Russian military school and
became a lieutenant in the Russian army.
            ``I had sworn an oath to the Russian Army...the Germans were
the enemy,'' he said.
            He was later captured by the Germans in the summer of 1941
and kept in a prisoner of war camp where at least a truckload of
soldiers a day died from the cold or starvation.
            Being of German descent, he was transferred to the SS
Training Camp at Trawniki, Poland, where he allegedly helped to
train men whose job it was to assist the SS in killing European
Jews, prosecutors say.
            While at Trawniki in the winter of 1941-42, Reimer is
accused of having taken part in the mass murder of a group of
Jewish prisoners in the woods near the camp. He is also accused
of taking part in the deportation of Jews from ghettos in
Czestochowa and Lublin in 1942 and Warsaw in 1943.
            Reimer's attorney, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey
Clark, maintains that Reimer was a prisoner of war who had
nothing to do with the crimes of which he is accused.
            Reimer previously admitted to the Justice Department's
Office of Special Investigations that he lied when he entered
the United States in 1952, hiding his role as a sergeant at
Trawniki.
            Although he first claimed to have overslept during the
extermination, he admitted during a 1992 interview with the
Justice Department that another man was sent to bring him to the
pit where the Jews had been killed.
            He told investigators that he shot toward a man in the pit
full of murdered Jews after the man pointed to his head in what
Reimer said was a request for a mercy killing.
         ^REUTERS@


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