• Short Summary

    THE PROSECUTION OF NAZI CRIMES -- FIRST SYMBOLISED BY THE NUREMBERG TRIAL STAGED BY THE ALLIES AT THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR -- IS NEARING ITS DEADLINE.

  • Description

    THE PROSECUTION OF NAZI CRIMES -- FIRST SYMBOLISED BY THE NUREMBERG TRIAL STAGED BY THE ALLIES AT THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR -- IS NEARING ITS DEADLINE.

    FROM MAY 8, 20 YEARS FROM THE END OF THE WAR, NO NEW PROCEEDING FOR MURDERS COMMITTED DURING THE NAZI PERIOD CAN BE STARTED IN WEST GERMANY -- UNLESS A WAY CAN BE FOUND TO EXTEND THE PERIOD.

    THE STORM IS NOT ONLY INSIDE WEST GERMANY. VIGOROUS CONCERN HAS BEEN EXPRESSED ABROAD -- PARTICULARLY FROM ISRAEL, WITH ITS VAST DOSSIER ON THE NAZI'S PROGRAMME FOR EXTERMINATING THE EUROPEAN JEW. THE COUNTRIES IN EASTERN EUROPE, WHOSE PEOPLE SUFFERED THE MOST UNDER THE NAZIS, HAVE BEEN LOUD IN THEIR CRY TOO TO CONTINUE THE PROSECUTIONS.

    TO GET NEW CASES STARTED BEFORE THE DEADLINE, THE WEST GERMAN GOVERNMENT RECENTLY APPEALED TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO SUBMIT EVIDENCE OF NAZI CRIMES TO GERMAN INVESTIGATORS. CASE THUS OPENED ARE , UNDER THE PENAL CODE, AUTOMATICALLY FREED FROM THE DEADLINE FOR A FURTHER 20 YEARS.

    THE WEST GERMAN PARLIAMENT WILL DEBATE THE ISSUE WITH A FREE VOTE ON MARCH 10. MEANWHILE, AFTER MORE THAN 13 MONTHS, THE FIRST AUSCHWITZ TRIAL AGAINST 19 FORMER SS MEMBERS AND ONE FORMER PRISONER IS IN ITS FINAL STAGES.

    THE COURT HAS VISITED THE CAMP AND WHILE THIS TRIAL IS DRAWING TO A CLOSE, THERE ARE THREE FURTHER TRIALS PENDING AGAINST AUSCHWITZ CAMP PERSONNEL.

    SINCE THE END OF THE WAR, 70,000 GERMANS HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF WAR AND NAZI CRIMES, AND PROCEEDING HAVE BEEN INSTITUTED OR WILL OF BE TAKEN BEFORE MAY 8 AGAINST 13,000 OTHERS SUSPECTED OF PARTICIPATING IN NAZI CRIMES, ACCORDING TO THE WEST GERMAN JUSTICE MINISTRY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7I6BYYCUFCYFEV15ASOIUA4KE
    Media URN:
    VLVA7I6BYYCUFCYFEV15ASOIUA4KE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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