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Former Prominent Nazis Occupy Leading Posts in East Germany, List Shows

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A booklet listing 29 leading governmental, cultural and economic leaders in East Germany who were once prominent Nazis was published here today by the “West Berlin Committee of Inquiry of Freedom-Loving Lawyers. “

Among the 75 are 29 deputies in the East Germany Volkskammer–the equivalent of Parliament–editors of Communist newspapers and publications, administrators and teachers at institutions of higher learning in Communist Germany and heads of economic bodies including the Chamber of Foreign Commerce, a minister for the chemical industries and chairman of a water board.

The booklet asserts that while the methods of the East Germany regime are milder than those of the Nazis, there is nevertheless no free press, free speech, free elections, impartial courts, and guarantee against arbitrary arrest. It calls the regime totalitarian and asserts that there is no difference between the old Nazi security corps and the present state security police.

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