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Dutch Press Rejects Plea to Free Nazis Who Killed Jews in Holland

The plea of two leading Dutch attorneys that four remaining German war criminals be released from Dutch prisons and sent back to Germany has been rejected by almost the entire Dutch press, a survey indicated today. Little support came from the Dutch people for the proposal.

Professors Van Bemmelen and Pompe of Leyden and Utrecht Universities, the two who made the plea, expressed disappointment over the negative reaction. They had proposed that the Dutch people show their “magranimity” and release the four who had a major role in the deportation and killing of more than 100, 000 Jews during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. A death sentence against them had been canceled by a reprieve.