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Bonn Parliament Rejects Extension of Deadline for Prosecution of Nazis

The Federal Parliament rejected today a demand from the opposition Social Democrats for an extension of the statute of limitations on prosecution of manslaughter committed during the Nazi regime.

The action followed a statement by Minister of Justice Fritz Schaeffer that such an extension would be impractical because “those persons directly involved in exterminations will be tried for murder for which the deadline is 1956. ” He also questioned again the constitutionality of a retroactive extension.