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German Court Rules Restoration of Pension to Major Nazi Criminal

December 1, 1960
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Dr. Franz Schiegelberger, Deputy Minister of Justice during the Nazi regime, “did not act contrary to law” when he created Nazi laws, and when he ordered the execution of a Jewish prisoner, the Administrative Court here has ruled, according to the formal decision issued by the court yesterday.

The court’s ruling, disclosed in full now, was handed down a week ago, upholding Dr. Schiegelberger’s right to continue receiving a 2, 900-mark ($700) monthly pension. The Federal Finance Ministry revoked the pension last year on the grounds that the Hitlerite Deputy Minister of Justice had “miscarried Justice” during the war by enacting laws aimed at Poles and Jews, and by having ordered the execution of a Jewish prisoner previously sentenced to a short term of imprisonment for committing a minor offense.

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