Britain Releases Nazi War Criminal Three Nations Wanted to Extradite for Trial
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Britain Releases Nazi War Criminal Three Nations Wanted to Extradite for Trial

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The British Government considers the case of Dr. Sladislaw Dering, sought for trial on war crimes charges by three nations, closed following his release from imprisonment yesterday, a Foreign Office spokesman declared today. Dering was responsible for the murder of many Jews whom he used as human guinea pigs in medical “experiments.”

Dering was released despite the fact that Poland, Czechoslovakia and France all requested his extradition, and over the protests of Poland and Czechoslovakia. The Polish embassy here has released a statement revealing Dering’s unsavory record at the Oswiecim death camp. It is not known whether France protested Dering’s release.

It was also learned here that since the establishment of extradition tribunals in Hamburg in February to decide whether Nazis on extradition claims from other nations shall be released or turned over for trial, only six of 193 claims for extradition by Poland have been granted, Of these six, one, a former S.S. commander named Helwig, has not been turned over to Poland because the British zone commander refuses to sign the extradition order.

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