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Munich Prosecutor Appeals Court Decision Releasing Nazi Books

The Munich chief prosecutor entered an appeal today against a verdict of the district court revoking action by a lower court for the confiscation of five Nazi books published by a firm operated by Helmut Suendermann, former deputy press chief in the Hitler regime. The three members of the court also rejected a prosecution demand to indict Suendermann.

One of the books involved was a defense by Suendermann of the Nazi treatment of the Jews. The court ruled that “extenuating arguments do not constitute an attempt to justify persecution measures.” None of the five books – one of them a collection of writings by Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy – were unconstitutional nor a violation of the law, the court held.