WAR CRIMES: For Good Behavior

Scarcely had the prison doors closed on the last German war criminal to be convicted by the Allies (TIME, Dec. 26) when they opened again for the first batch to be paroled. A few days before Christmas, 54 second-string war criminals were released from Landsberg, the gloomy fortress prison where 25 years ago Adolf Hitler wrote Mein Kampf; their sentences did not expire until next year, but U.S. authorities cut them short for "good behavior."

The prisoners seemed well-fed and healthy as they slipped out to freedom. Georg von Schnitzler, a onetime director of Germany's vast I.G. Farben trust, was whisked...

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