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Bonn Seen Favoring Extension of Cut-off Date for Trying Nazis

Sentiment in West Germany’s Parliament appeared today to have solidified in favor of extending for ten years the effective date of the statute of limitations for prosecution of Nazi war criminals on murder charges.

First steps toward postponement of the effective date of the statute beyond May 8, when it is scheduled to become effective, were taken in the Bundestag, Parliament’s upper house, at the same time that Chancellor Ludwig Erhard was reiterating his belief that the statute should be extended. The Bundesrat voted to decide on the matter on March 12.