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German Neo-nazis Commemorate Nazis Executed by Allied Powers

Leaders of West Germany’s neo-Nazi National Democratic Party today equated the German war criminals executed by the United States and its allies with the prisoners who died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

One of the speakers at a wreath-laying ceremony at Landsburg cemetery, where many Nazi war criminals are buried, was Franz Winter, a member of the party’s presidium. He said that although the whole world mourns Jewish victims of Bergen-Belsen, no one visited the graves of Nazis at Landsburg, and that the Nazis deserved commemoration. Fritz Thielen, chairman of the NDP, said that many of the executed Nazis were sentenced “unjustly” by war crimes tribunals.