GERMANY: The Kemritz Affair

During the fall and winter of 1945-46, 14 men and three women picked their way through the snow-sprinkled ruins of East Berlin to the law offices of one Dr. Hans Kemritz. Each came in answer to an innocent-sounding summons; but when they got there, they were grabbed by the Russians. Four later died in Red concentration camps. One was an unsavory character named Hans-Juergen von Hake, whom the Danes might have hanged for war crimes, had the Russians not gotten him first.

Soon after Hake was hustled away, Kemritz himself moved to safer territory in West Germany. Hake's vengeful widow trailed...

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