WEST GERMANY: Justice Denied

Some of the most notorious Nazi war criminals have escaped justice because West German judges have permitted unconscionably long trial delays. That is the accusation made by Hermann Langbein, 60, an Austrian Jew who survived Auschwitz and is now secretary of the International Concentration Camp Committee, which documents and tries to secure punishment for Nazi crimes. In the committee's quarterly bulletin Langbein charges that West German judges have gone out of their way to accept defense excuses for postponement, often causing trials to be delayed for a decade or more. Items:

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