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Bonn Announces Figures of Nazi Judges Still Active in Courts

August 17, 1962
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Figures presuming to show the number of former Nazi judges and prosecutors who still worked in the West German judiciary apparatus as of last June 30 were made public here today.

The figures alleged that there were 157 such judiciary officials still holding office as of the end of June, and that all but 14 retired by the June 30 deadline. That deadline had been set by the Bundestag, lower House of Parliament, last winter, under a law giving the ex-Nazi officials the opportunity for “voluntary” retirement.

Those who did not retire, are now subject to dismissal and consequent loss of pension rights. These 14 are the officials whose “voluntary” retirement may now be facilitated by the extension of the deadline for a brief period, according to plans announced yesterday by the Ministry of Justice.

However, it was pointed out today, the total of 157 judiciary members who had served Hitler’s Peoples Court as judges or prosecutors did not include ex-Hitler collaborators who now serve as judges in the administrative, labor or social welfare courts. Some data concerning ex-Nazi judiciary collaborators still in the West German service now had claimed the number may be as high as 3,000.

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