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Scheel Trying to Spring Hess

German President Walter Scheel has promised to try and secure the release of Hitler’s former deputy Rudolf Hess, 82, from Spandau prison. At a meeting which took place at Scheel’s wish. Hess’ son, Wolf Ruediger Hess, told Presidential Secretary Paul Frank of his efforts to secure his father’s release, and asked for Scheel’s intervention. Frank said Scheel would seek the release on “humanitarian grounds.” Scheel’s promise follows mounting public criticism here of the imprisonment, especially since a suicide attempt by Hess last month.

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