LONDON (Aug. 12)
The Committee, for the Investigation of Nazi Crimes in the Baltic Countries today charged the British Government with leniency in the prosecution of German war criminals, responsible for mass execution of Jews in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
The Committee, which is currently engaged in a campaign to prevent Baltic war criminals from escaping justice, revealed that the British Government has released a number of German and at least one Latvian war-criminal apprehended in Germany. It added that requests for information on the activities of such criminals have come to the organization from various German prosecutors, proving that the British never forwarded to the local authorities information on war criminals. supplied by the Committee.
The Committee quoted one German prosecutor who declared in a German court that be was surprised at the release of R. Seck, whom he termed a “monster in human shape.” Seck was subsequently sentenced to ten years in jail by the German court. The Committee cited a number of similar instances, including the release by the British Government of Victor Arajs, who was known as the “Latvian Himmler” and who has not yet been rearrested by any police authority.