AMSTERDAM (Jul. 31)
Victims of Nazism here have reacted emotionally to a report that private physicians will examine the last two remaining Nazi war criminals imprisoned here.
The Dutch Justice Ministry reportedly has acceded to a request by the director of Breda Prison to call in three physicians not belonging to the prison service to attend to Franz Fischer, 86, and Ferdinand aus der Fuenten, whose age has been reported variously as 76 or 79.
Holocaust survivors have registered concern that medical evaluation may pronounce these men too ailing to be cared for by prison authorities and therefore possibly eligible for release.
Aus der Fuenten headed the Nazi office responsible for the deportation of Jews in Amsterdam; Fischer held the same post in The Hague.
All other Nazi war criminals imprisoned in the Netherlands have either died or were released at least 25 years ago.