Foreign Law: Privacy for Nazis

How long does it take a lesser Nazi to live down his party activities? Does what he did 23 years ago make his life a permanent open book? Or does the passage of time entitle him to the normal citizen's right of privacy? The recent case of one such West German citizen may well have answered all these questions.

Back in 1943, when bomb-torn Berlin started evacuating pregnant women to his East Prussian hospital, Dr. Emil Martens recklessly remarked to a colleague and fellow Nazi that Germany must be losing the war. The colleague.

Dr. Ernst Klingsiek, scribbled Martens' words on...

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