• Short Summary

    AN ENQUIRY ORDERED BY THE WEST GERMAN CHANCELLOR INTO THE WARTIME PAST OF THE MINISTER OF REFUGEES HERR HANS KRUGER, BEGAN IN BONN TODAY (FRIDAY).

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    AN ENQUIRY ORDERED BY THE WEST GERMAN CHANCELLOR INTO THE WARTIME PAST OF THE MINISTER OF REFUGEES HERR HANS KRUGER, BEGAN IN BONN TODAY (FRIDAY).

    ONLY ON WEDNESDAY DID DR ERHARD ORDER THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE ALLEGATIONS THAT HERR KRUGER WAS A JUDGE ON ONE OF THE NAZI SPECIAL COURTS IN POLAND. THE MINISTER WAS ALSO SAID TO HAVE BEEN A NAZI PARTY DEPUTY DISTRICT LEADER IN 1942. THESE ALLEGATIONS WERE MADE BY THE EAST GERMAN CHIEF OF PROPAGANDA WHILST MAKING MUCH OF THE FACT THAT THE NAZI COURTS PASSED SENTENCES CALCULATED TO TERRORIZE LOCAL POPULATIONS DURING THE OCCUPATION.

    HERR KRUGER ORIGINALLY DENIED THAT AS AN ASSISTANT JUDGE HE TOOK PART IN CASES WHERE SENTENCES OF DEATH WERE PASSED. BUT AFTER BEING CONFRONTED WITH PHOTOSTAT DOCUMENTS HE ADMITTED BELONGING TO THE SPECIAL COURTS. LAST WEEK HERR KRUGER TOLD THE NEWS MAGAZINE DER SPIEGEL: "I CANNOT REMEMBER HAVING TAKEN PART IN PASSING A DEATH SENTENCE." HE ADDED: "YOU KNOW, A DEATH SENTENCE, THAT'S PART OF A JUDGE'S ROUTINE..."
    IN 1960, ANOTHER MINISTER FOR REFUGEES, PROFESSOR OBERLANDER, WAS INDUCED BY THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT TO RESIGN AFTER MONTHS OF PUBLIC CRITICISM FOR HIS ALLEGED PARTICIPATION, WHILE AN SS OFFICER, IN MASS SHOOTING IN POLAND DURING THE WAR. ALTHOUGH AN ENQUIRY SUBSEQUENTLY EXONERATED THE MINISTER, HE WAS REGARDED AS TOO MUCH OF A POLITICAL LIABILITY TO BE REINSTATED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2HGNP6KB7V6SY9XBRKR6R0VU1
    Media URN:
    VLVA2HGNP6KB7V6SY9XBRKR6R0VU1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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