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Ex-nazi May Lose Chance of Becoming Head of Cyprus Supreme Court

Prof. Ernst Forsthoff, Heidelberg University political scientist who had been a political theorist for the Nazi Party under Hitler, conceded here today that he was not yet certain that he would be named to the presidency of the Supreme Court of the new Republic of Cyprus. Reports indicating that he would be appointed to that post had been received here last week from Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, which formally became an independent sovereignty this week.

Archbishop Makarios, president of Cyprus, was reported today as having second thoughts about naming Prof. Forsthoff to the high judicial post, after receiving reports about the professor’s Nazi past. Forsthoff gained notoriety in Germany in 1933, and was appointed professor at the University of Frankfurt, after publishing a book entitled “The Total State.” The book constituted a glorification of nazism, an apologia for Nazi racist theories and an affirmation of Hitler’s “leadership principle.”

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