Gestapo Chieftain Mueller Reported Arrested As Germany Holds Israelis Without Bail

The Bavarian State Prosecutor today filed charges against two Israelis, Baruch Shur and Daniel Gordon, who were arrested here for attempted housebreaking and passport violation nearly three weeks ago, and have been in jail since. The prosecutor, who refused to permit their release on bail, has demanded severe punishment. He admitted, however, that there is no evidence to support charges that the two were “agents” of a foreign country.

Shur and Gordon were picked up by police when they allegedly tried to enter the Munich apartment of the wife of Heinrich Mueller, a former Gestapo chief and one of the most wanted Nazi war criminals. They admitted that they were trying to track down Mueller, but denied that they were connected with any organization. Both men lost relatives in Nazi death camps.

In West Berlin, today, officials said that Mueller has been arrested in Panama, on a tip by a Belgian informant, and that West Germany has appealed to the Republic of Panama for his extradition. (In London, the British United Press reported today that Mueller was arrested in Argentina.) The whereabouts of Mueller, Adolph Eichmann’s superior in the Gestapo hierarchy, who disappeared in 1942, became a matter of international speculation following the Munich arrests. Though reported dead, there was no evidence of that fact. Earlier this week, an unidentified diplomat here was reported to have said that he knew Mueller to be alive in Maadi, Egypt, under an assumed name.

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