West Germany: War Crimes Unforgotten

From standard Communist propaganda, or the much-praised movie 'Judgment at Nuremberg, one might conclude that West Germans have spent the past decade merely brushing Nazi crimes under the carpet. Not so. Obviously many Nazis have escaped justice, but since 1945 some 13,000 of Hitler's henchmen have gone on trial in West Germany, and about 5,000 have been sentenced to jail (there is no death penalty in West Germany). Today, some 40 separate trials are under way, with 90 defendants, including prison-camp commandants, guards, gas-chamber operators and plain Nazi bureaucrats, who for years hid in village or city obscurity.

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