BONN (Jan. 31)
The Polish Government has issued visas to a commission representing the Central Office for Investigation of Nazi Crimes, at Ludwigsburg, to visit Poland and examine records of Nazi crimes and criminals held by the Polish Government, it was announced here today. The commission applied for visas several weeks ago, but no answer was received from the War saw authorities until today.
Only last week Minister of Justice Ewald Bucher told the Bundestag, lower house of Parliament here, that neither Poland nor Czechoslovakia has furnished any documents regarding Nazi war criminals. The West German Government had requested all governments around the world to furnish such documents prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations on prosecution of major war criminals. The statute is due to expire next May 8. There were suspicions that Poland and Czechoslovakia were withholding the requested documentation until after May 8, so that they could make political capital of their disclosures about untried war criminals after the statute had lapsed.