West Germany’s Ambassador to Lisbon, Recalled on Nazi Probe, Returning to Post

Ambassador Herbert Mueller-Roschach, who was recalled to Bonn in connection with an investigation of charges that he had been involved in war crimes, will return to his post in Lisbon and then will take his annual holiday, Foreign Ministry sources disclosed today. It was asserted that the investigation by the state prosecutor’s office in Frankfurt has not been closed and that if further study of the Foreign Ministry records of the Nazi era establish that he signed any documents dealing with the persecution of Jews he will be recalled immediately as German Ambassador in Portugal.

Herr Mueller-Roschach served in the Foreign Ministry during the Nazi regime and was attached for part of the time to the department dealing with Jewish affairs. The state prosecutor’s office here said today it had decided not to examine documents offered by the East German Government purporting to establish that President Heinrich Luebke of West Germany participated in the construction of concentration camps during the Nazi regime. The prosecutor’s office said that the photo-copies of documents offered by East Germany were not evidence that Dr. Luebke had committed any punishable act.

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