Soviet Officials Assail Germany for Seeking to End Prosecution of Nazis

The former Soviet Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimestrial, Roman Rudenko, said this weekend in Moscow that West Germany’s refusal to continue prosecuting Nazi criminals was “a gross violation of international law.” “We are still shooting people for their war crimes, 20 years later, “Rudenko declared. He made these statements at a press conference held to press the Soviet Government’s campaign against the West German decision. Marshal Somyon Timoshenko, Russia’s World War II leader, called the Bonn stand “a profanation of the memory of Nazi victims.”

(The statements of the Soviet leaders contradict an order issued by the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on Sept. 17, 1955, releasing from persons all Soviet citizens who served in the Nazi army, the Nazi police, and “special formation” which included the notorious SS commandos in charge of mass murder of all Jews behind the Nazi occupation lines in the Soviet Union. However, some trials of Nazi collaborators did take place in the Soviet Union after the issuance of this order.)

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