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Nazi Camp Victims Demand Full Recording of Nazi Trial Proceedings

The International Committee of Camps, an organization of former inmates of Nazi concentration camps, asked West German Justice Minister Karl Weber today to see that the complete trials of Nazi war criminals are fully recorded in the proceedings. According to traditional German procedure, only parts of trials are recorded in the proceedings if the judge orders it.

In submitting the request, Hermann Langbein, chairman of the Committee, said that “not only victims of yesterday, but posterity will be grateful to the Justice Minister for those historical documents laid down in the protocol.”

Earlier, Dr. Weber told a press conference that he was convinced that the next four-and-a-half years until the expiration of the extended statute of limitations would be sufficient time to investigate the cases of all Nazi war criminals and bring them to trial.

Dr. Weber said that the time would be used “in a propoer manner.” He made it clear, however, that he personally favored the idea of bringing “only major criminals to trial” while all those “little criminals” who had obeyed orders, should not face trial. He noted that this question had not yet been resolved by the Bonn Parliament.

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