KIEL, Germany (Apr. 15)
A German disciplinary court has cut in half the 1, 300 deutsche marks a month previously paid as a pension to the former top Nazi prosecutor, 70-year-old Ernst Lautz. Action on the Lautz case came after Social Democrats and other members of Parliament raised the question of the war criminal’s pension.
Dr. Lautz, who during 1942 and 1943 asked for nearly 400 death sentences in the Nazi courts, many of them uncalled for even under Nazi legislation, was convicted by an Allied war crimes tribunal of responsibility for the death of many persons, including Jews. He was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment but was released after serving six years, and since then has been, on pension as a former civil servant.