The Last Word | February 15, 2012
O'DONNELL: Joining me is now is the woman who uncovered the information that sparked this controversy, former member of the Mormon Church Helen Radkey . Helen , thank you very much for joining us tonight.
HELEN RADKEY, RESEARCHER: My pleasure. Thank you for inviting me.
O'DONNELL: Helen , was Elie Wiesel 's understanding that an ending of this practice, at least in regards to Holocaust surviving Jews had been achieved with the Mormon Church , but you seem to have found information indicating that at least to some extent, the process was still going on.
RADKEY: Yes. I've been tracking records for Holocaust Jews in Mormon databases since around August 1999 . That was roughly four years after the '95 agreement. And I have never seen -- I mean, I've never seen records that did not reflect Jewish Holocaust victims. In other words, the practice never stopped. Definitely not after the '95 agreement and still hasn't stopped after the second pact, the 2010 agreement between Mormons and Jews . It didn't stop after that either. It's still ongoing.
O'DONNELL: And this kind of baptism, I just want to make clear, it's not limited in any way to Jews . It is actually done for all sorts of people all over the world .
O'DONNELL: Without any limitation. And for some people, that is the problem. They don't want the Mormon Church to be doing this in any way even, if they don't believe in the rituals the Mormon Church is doing. They want the Mormon Church to stay away from anything involving their dead relatives.
RADKEY: Yes. That is correct. Members who submit names, the Mormons who submit names for the proxy work in Mormon temples , they are told, they are instructed not to put in names of celebrities in lists that are not approved like Jewish Holocaust victims list. But there's a certain percentage of Mormons that keep doing it. You know, they do not listen. They decide they want to do names. I mean, it doesn't matter how many times they are told they will do this.
And the other problem connected with that is there were many Mormons who were submitting Jewish Holocaust names over a long period of time. And I do not know if any of these Mormons were reprimanded. It is only when the Elie Wiesel records, when it goes public and gave them to the center a few days ago that the LDS Church spokes people made a big to do about reprimanding the Mormon submitter. They have never done that before, and yet I have seen thousands of names for Jewish Holocaust victims in Mormon databases and submitters -- you know, this was no indication or no word from the church that they had disciplined these people who broke the rules.
O'DONNELL: Helen Radkey -- thank you very much for joining us tonight.
RADKEY: Thank you.
O'DONNELL: And we have an open invitation officials from the Mormon Church to come to respond on this or anything else that we ever cover on this show that anyway involves their concerns. Coming up in