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152 New War Crimes Cases Filed in West Germany in 1980

In 1980, 152 new war crimes cases were filed in West Germany, it was reported by Adalbert Rueckerl, head of the central office for the investigation of Nazi crimes in Ludwigsburg. When the Parliament abolished the more than 100-year-old Statute of Limitations for murder last year, it left the door open for a continuing investigation and bringing to trial of Nazi war criminals.

Had the statute not been abolished, only cases already filed with the courts would have been subject to prosecution and there would have been no further investigations to uncover unknown events in Poland, according to Rueckerl.