BONN (Jan. 31)
About 4000 personal cases involving Nazi war crimes are currently being investigated by the West German legal authorities, reports the Ludwigsburg Center for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes. The center, near Stuttgart, says it expects that, because of a steady flow of new evidence, preliminary inquiries will be opened this year against numerous persons thought to be connected with about 1000 crimes. The Central Council of Jews in Duesseldorf lists 19 Nazi trials in West Germany in 1973, in which prison sentences were imposed on 31 persons, with 20 acquittals. Seven persons were sentenced to life imprisonment.