WASHINGTON (Jul. 15)
The United States today joined with Britain and France in a sking the Soviet Union to intercede with East Germany to make available to West Germany the files and records necessary for prosecution of Nazi war criminals.
The three nations criticized the Communists “lack of cooperation” in refusing to provide essential evidence needed in war crimes prosecutions. Diplomatic notes were presented in Moscow today by all three countries.
The United States noted “with regret” that Russia failed to respond to a United States request and made “unjustified accusations” against the Bonn regime. It was recalled that Ambassador George McGhee, American envoy in Bonn, asked the Soviet Ambassador a month ago to use his influence “so that any material available in East Germany concerning crimes of the Nazi period will be transmitted” to the Central Office for Investigation of Nazi Crimes, at Ludwigsburg, West Germany.
Soviet authorities have claimed that West Germany is not effectively prosecution is being conducted and just punishment meted out for the crimes committed.