CASE FILE

Vilis Arveds Hāzners | Valerian ZorinVILIS DAVOVICH HAZNERS AKA KHAZNERS

Valerian Zorin (1902-1986)[1]

If there were any doubt "Vilis Davovich Hazners aka Khazners"[2] was "number one" on the Soviet hit list, twenty years after Daugavas Vanagi, Who are They? was published in the West, then Soviet ambassador-at-large Valerian Zorin lodged accusations against "Vilis Khazners" at the United Nations, as recorded in:

COMMISSION ON НUMAN RIGHTS
Thirty-ninth session
SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 29th MEETING
Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Monday, 21 February 1983, at 10 a.m.

...32. 1Some 5,000 nazi criminals, responsible for tens of thousands of deaths as recorded by the 2governments of the U.S.S.R., Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, the German Democratic Republic and other countries, had found a haven from retribution in the United States; some were even working in such places as the State Department and the Pentagon. Articles in United States periodicals on the Barbie case had revealed the names of a number of such criminals; one was a former torturer at Dachau, who had become the head of an air force medical research service in the United States. 33. Even when, occasionally, some of them appeared in court, appeals were made on their behalf on the grounds of justice and impartiality; one recent example was the case of a former chief of police in the 3occupied Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic. A number of major war criminals had escaped secretly to the United States at the end of the Second World War and had obtained United States citizenship. Many of them were still working for "Radio Free Europe" and "Radio Freedom". One of them, 4Vilis Khazners, had been in Byelorussia and had "distinguished himself" on one occasion by herding Jews into a synagogue and burning it down. He was one of 300 war criminals still at large and able to conduct anti-Soviet propaganda....
Contention versus Fact

Knowing that Zorin's accusations are propaganda, we would point out that a year later, in his Quiet Neighbors, Alan A. Ryan, Jr. doubled down on the Soviets, contending 10,000 Nazis escaped from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Ukraine. In actuality, Ryan had estimated the number at 40,000, eight times the Soviet "figure," but halved it then halved it again so as to not be "alarmist."

There was no distinction between the U.S.S.R. and its puppets. And when it appeared that might change, as in Hungary and Czechoslovakia, those nascent changes were brutally suppressed.

Zorin's version of history is that Nazi Germany occupied Soviet, not Latvian, territory. Latvia was continuously occupied from the initial Soviet invasion to the restoration of its freedom.

Proof the Soviets closely followed the Hāzners case. Hāzners is no long accused of herding Jews into a synagogue, then burning it, in Rīga—as he was proven to have been in a coastal suburb cutting off retreating Red Army when that crime took place. Now Zorin shifts the scene of Hāzners' crimes to today's Belarus.


[1]At the web site of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations.
[2]Per a May, 1977 cable from the American Embassy, Moscow, to the Secretary of State, Washington, D.C. with copy to the American consul in Leningrad, confirming receipt of "war crimes material" from the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hāzners transliterates to Хазнерс which transliterates back, in turn, to both Hazners and Khazners. Any Soviet-produced "Khazners" materials are guaranteed to be Kremlin fabrications.

Updated: June, 2017

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