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Source: World Jewish Congress

                 St. Raphael's Association
		911 East 185th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44119
			Phone: 692-1700

		  Service for Persons While Traveling

			       18 June 1984

Galizienstrasse 77/Stg. 2 
A-1160 W i e n

Dear Mr. Pfoch:

I have received your name and address from someone among your circle
of acquaintances, the Association of War Veterans.  

Since during the war you served at Treblinka, the prison camp in
Poland, I would like to request your assistance.  Simon Wiesenthal and
his cohorts, the OSI (District Attorney for the Jewish-led Nazi
Hunting for the Ministry of Justice) has here in Cleveland selected
the Ukrainian immigrant Iwan Demjanjuk and has accused him of being
"Iwan the Terrible", who was in the Treblinka camp during the time
from 1942 until 1943.  With the aid of a forged identity paper,
manufactured by the KGB in Moscow, and with the assistance of five
lying witnesses from Israel, this poor human being faces extradition
to Israel, where he then will be exposed to an Eichmann-like court
proceeding and in the end he will face death.  We have succeeded in
proving that the Soviet identity paper is a forgery and that, to a
certain extent, the witnesses also lied; but all this is very
difficult because the Jews here are comparable to the KGB in the
Soviet Union.

Enclosed I am forwarding to you a photostatic copy of this identity
paper of Mr.  Demjanjuk.

I have been told that you even possess a photograph album dealing with
your period of duty at Treblinka.  Perhaps it contains a photograph of
the real "Iwan". 
In January I was at Treblinka and the adjacent villages Poniatowa and Walka 
and there talked to Poles who at the time in question were in Treblinka 
and who saw the real "Iwan" who was a much older man with a full shock 
of hair, already somewhat grey. The Jews blocked the visit or these people 
to the USA to prevent them from testifying on behalf or Mr. Demjanjuk.

I also visited Mr.  Kurt Franz, the former SS-Untersturmfu"hrer (NCO)
at Treblinka, who commanded the Ukrainian guards, and he also
described "Iwan" very similarly as the three witnesses living in
Poland.  I am forwarding to you a photostatic copy of the statement in
lieu of an oath which Mr.  Franz gave in front of his attorney. 

With your permisssion, I would even personally come to Vienna in order
to talk to you, because I am making every effort in order to help this
poor human being as much as possible, and I want to thank you even now
in advance for everything that you may be able to do in order to
assist me in this matter.

				    With kind regards
				    s/   J. A. Brentar

JAB: it
[Archival note: For Mr. Pfoch's response to this letter, see
holocaust/poland/reinhard/treblinka pfoch.001. knm]

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