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U.S. Commissioner Asked to Intercede for Nazi Victims in Germany

A protest against the delays, which Nazi victims experience in the processing of their documentation requests by the International Tracing Service archives in Arolsen, has been addressed to Dr. James B. Conant, U. S. High Commissioner, by Professor Robert M. W. Kempner, former chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg war-crimes trials.

All applications for compensation from concentration camp prisoners were checked by the German authorities with Arolsen, where millions of concentration camp records found after the war have been deposited and catalogued. Postwar DP records accumulated by UNRRA and IRO are also stacked there.

Prof. Kempner points out that Nazi victims have to wait more than six months for verification of their applications by the Arolsen archives which, although no resident official of the Allied High Commission remains there, is still under its supervision. For that reason, he asks Mr. Conant’s immediate intercession.