NEW YORK -- Jewish groups eager to head off a second meeting between Pope John Paul II and Austrian President Kurt Waldheim have sent the Vatican documents referring to Waldheim's alleged involvement in Nazi war crimes.
The documents, all of them previously released, included a 1947 U.N. War Crimes Commission finding that Waldheim should be charged with murder.
Also included were a U.S. Justice Department letter banning Waldheim from the United States and World War II records in which Waldheim allegedly entered Adolf Hitler's order to kill captured partisans in Greece.
The former secretary general of the United Nations has been accused of complicity with Nazi war crimes in the Balkans and of hiding that complicity in the years since World War II.
His meeting with the pope last year at the Vatican caused widespread outcry among Jews. The pope is planning to go to Austria in June.
The material was sent by the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations to the Vatican Commission on Religious Relations with the Jews.
The Jewish organization consists of representatives of the Synagogue Council of America, the World Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Committee, B'nai B'rith and the Israel Interfaith Association.
Last week, in a letter to the Vatican, the group said if the pope met with Waldheim again it could have "the most serious implications for Vatican-Jewish relations."