LUDWIGSBURG, West Germany (Aug. 14)
Dr. Erwin Schuele, head of the Central Office for the Investigation of Nazi War Crimes here, has announced that he will resign his post on September 1st. Dr. Schuele at first denied but then confessed to recent East German charges that he had been a member of the Nazi Party storm troops during World War II. He insisted, however, that he had not participated in war crimes, claiming that he joined the Nazi Party to escape persecution.
Meanwhile the State Ministry of Justice of Baden-Wurtemburg announced that Dr. Schuele will become Chief Prosecutor of the Stuttgart district, a post he held before becoming head of the investigation office in 1958. Under Schuele’s supervision the Central Office for the Investigation of Nazi War Criminals has prepared the pre-trial investigation of over 2,000 cases involving Nazi war crimes.