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13 Former Nazis on Trial

Thirteen former Nazi officials are presently on trial in West Germany and four more cases are expected to go to trial before the end of the year, according to Adalbert Rueckerl, head of the war crimes investigation center at Ludwigsburg. He said 2251 other suspected Nazis are under investigation.

Two of the most important ex-Nazis now facing trial are Gustav Richter, who was Adolf Eichmann’s deputy in Bucharest, and Heinz-Guenther Wisner, accused of killing inmates of the Riga-Kaiserwald concentration camp. Rueckerl stressed that the prosecution in these cases will depend heavily on witnesses. He called on survivors who knew the accused to testify in court.