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 - hearings on the Transbus imbroglio. NAZI...
hearings on the Transbus imbroglio. NAZI EULOGY: The Voice of America recently eulogized Adolf Hitler’s Slovakian propagandist as a great patriot. The moving tribute by VOA, which speaks for the U.S. government abroad, was inspired by the funeral of Joseph Pauco, who died a few months ago in Middletown. Pa. Pauco escaped to the U.S. after World War II. As an editor in Slovakia, he had trumpeted the Nazi line, hailed persecution of the Jews and praised the "benevolence (of) Fuehrer Adolf Hitler." As late as 1957, Pauco described his wartime work as editor-in-chief of the Nazi newspaper “Slovak” as a cause of "great and sacred truth.” Yet, he personally sat on a tribunal that ratified the execution of American-backed Slovakian freedom fighters. During the Nixon years, the dapper and charming exile worked his way into the affections of Republican leaders and became a top GOP political adviser on ethnic affairs. When we exposed his Nazi past in 1971, he was eased out of the job, but was kept on as a consultant to the Small Business Administration. YET, DESPITE his ex-Nazi notoriety, the Voice of America broadcast a long commentary praising his dynamism, enthusiasm and high principles. This glowing tribute to an ex-Nazi was transmitted to Czechoslovakia last November. Although the VOA mentioned he was a "journalist” in Slovakia, it neglected to add that his •’journalism” consisted of spewing out hatred against Jews and the U.S. Instead, the VOA lauded Pauco’s "full Slovak soul,” saying his writing would endure ‘‘as his legacy.” His "many friends and enemies (are) only proof of his truthfulness and strong national feelings,” eulogized the VOA. ‘He was a dynamic figure.” Footnote: A spokesman for the United States Information Agency, which runs VOA, said USIA head James Keogh, a former Nixon speechwriter, takes full responsibility for the broadcast, it was, said the spokesman, a "routine obituary.”

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  1. The Naples Daily News,
  2. 07 May 1976, Fri,
  3. Page 33

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