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Kiesinger Promises B’nai B’rith Head Maximum Efforts to Punish Nazi War Criminals

Chancellor Kurt Kiesinger of West Germany assured the international president of B’nai B’rith, Dr. William Wexler today that he will do everything in his power not to permit Nazi war criminals to go unpunished, even though the statute of limitations on their prosecution is scheduled to go into effect at the end of 1969. Chancellor Kiesinger received Dr. Wexler here today.

Dr. Wexler told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency later that the German leader had cited a recent poll which indicated that the continued prosecution of Nazi war criminals was favored by 58 percent of the German people and 38 percent of the supporters of the right-wing National Democratic Party. Postponement of the statute of limitations on war crimes would require legislation by the Bundestag, the West German lower house.