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Leading German Jurist Raps Light Sentences Given Nazi Criminals

Ernst Frieschmann, president of the West German Congress of Jurists, criticized here today the light sentences imposed on former Nazis, many of whom had been shown to be personally responsible for wartime murders.

He stressed that there was no evidence that any German had been punished by the Nazi regime for refusing to obey criminal orders. He said this proved that the defenses of Nazi war criminals during the trials, that they had to obey orders, had no validity.