War Crimes Prosecution Office Obtains Documentation from Moscow on War Crimes

The Central Office for War Crimes Prosecution in Ludwigsburg disclosed yesterday that it has obtained nearly 1,000 pages of documents from the central archives in Moscow relating to Nazi war crimes.

In a related development, Simon Wiesenthal, director of the Vienna documentation center on Nazi war criminals, said that he had a list of about 1,000 ex-Nazis now living in East Germany. He said one of them was Maj. Gen. Arno Von Lenski who the East Germans honored as a fighter against Facism but who was a judge in Hitler’s notorious ‘Peoples’ Courts” which passed death sentences on political prisoners. Mr. Wiesenthal, interviewed on the Cologne radio, said it was vital for West Germany’s reputation that the statute of limitations on war crimes prosecutions be abolished. The statute is scheduled to go into effect at the end of this year after which no new war crimes prosecutions can be initiated.

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