Washington (Jun. 18)
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, at a press conference today, forcefully insisted that war criminals must be found, that they must not be allowed to escape and must be punished. He said “that is cur only hope of showing that crime doesn’t pay.” To date about 15,000 accused war criminals have already been apprehended, Gen. Eisenhower disclosed.
The supreme Allied commander said he was never so angry in his life as when be saw the “bestiality” displayed in the German concentration camps. He added that he would class any SS trooper as a war criminal, putting the burden of proof on him to establish his innocence. Non-fraternization with the German people must continue till the last element of Nazism is rooted out, the general stressed.
Declaring that we must utterly destrcy the German General Staff because the staff used political leaders to implement their plans, Gen. Eisenhower said “it should be made utterly impossible for the German General Staff ever to function again.” That could be accomplished, he stated, by destroying the archives of the staff and by segregating all trained German General Staff officers.