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Leading German Parties Agree to Seek New Evidence of Nasi Grimes

The dominant Christian Democratic party and the opposition Socialist party have agreed to propose to Parliament that the German state governments set up a new central office for investigation of new evidence of Nazi crimes, it was disclosed today.

The data on the new crimes are expected to result from the Government’s recent worldwide appeal for such evidence in connection with its decision to adhere to the present statute of limitations for prosecution of such crimes which goes into effect next May.

Meanwhile, the Association of Victims of the Nazi Regime charged today that “unknown persons” had destroyed evidence against former Nazi camp guards which the Association had transmitted to West German legal authorities. The Association said it had sent photographs of former SS and Gestapo guards at the Grossrosen concentration camp to the Center for Investigation of Nazi Crimes at Ludwigsburg last August. When the photographs were returned, the Association charged, two of the were found to have been clearly and deliberately defaced so that the features of the former guards were unrecognizable.