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Two High German Police Officials Arrested; Involved in Killing Jews

Two high police officials, each heading a division of the West German criminal police, have been arrested on separate charges of involvement in the mass murder of Jews during World War II, it was announced here today. One is Werner Meyer, chief police commissioner of the Schleswig-Holstein criminal investigation division. The other is Dr. George Fleischmann, head of the criminal police bureau at Ludwigshaven.

According to a Ministry of Justice official at Kiel, Meyer has been under investigation for 18 months. An officer in the SS during the war, he was stationed in Russia in 1943. The charge against him is “involvement in the mass murder of Jews.” He has been suspended from his office.

Fleischmann is charged with “participation in the mass shootings of Jews in the Smolensk region in 1941.” He is also accused of having ordered the execution of an SS officer on the staff of a Nazi exterminating squad in Russia. Six police officials have been arrested in Schleswig-Hoistein since 1959 on charges of having committed war crimes during the Nazi regime.

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