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West Germany’s Former Envoy to Portugal Suspended Pending War Crimes Probe

West Germany’s former ambassador to Portugal, Hans Mueller-Roschach, has been suspended from duty pending the completion of an investigation of war crimes charges against him. The envoy has been accused participating in the mass murder of Jews while he was a member of the Nazi Foreign Office between November 1941, and March, 1942. The charges are under investigation by the central office for war crimes prosecution in Cologne.

Stuttgart police received an anonymous telephone threat to murder Chancellor Willy Brandt unless he releases Nazi war criminal Rudolph Hess. Hess, once Hitler’s chief deputy, is the last of the surviving top Nazis in jail. In another West German development, a 30 year-old left wing radical, Bodo Saegel, has been arrested in Berlin on suspicion of having planted a bomb in the Jewish community center there last month.