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Protests Force Withdrawal of Ex-camp Guard As Legislative Candidate

Public protests have brought about the withdrawal of the candidacy of a former SS guard in the Mauthausen concentration camp who had been nominated by the Christian Social Union as its candidate to the state legislature from Kehlheim-Mainburg.

The one-time guard, Peter Preukelmayer, had won designation as the candidate of the party, which is allied to Chancellor Konrad Adenauer’s Christian Democratic Union, and was virtually assured election. The protests, however, forced the party to withdraw his name and call for a new primary contest.