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Argentine Authorities Will Not Grant Bail to Accused Nazi War Criminal

Accused Nazi war criminal Walter Kutschmann will not be granted bail by Argentine authorities pending a decision on a request for extradition by West Germany, according to information received here by the Latin American Affairs Department of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.

Kutschmann was denied bail by an Argentine court and the decision has been upheld by that nation’s Federal Appeals Court. Kutschmann was taken into custody by Interpol in November at the request of West Germany after having lived under a false identity in Argentina since 1957.

According to Elliot Welles, director of ADL’s Task Force on Nazi War Criminals, Kutschmann is accused of having directed the mass murder of 1,500 Polish Jews and the assassination of 20 Jewish professors in Poland and 18 members of their families.