Probe into Nazi war crime photos

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Germany's central Nazi war crimes body said Tuesday it had launched an enquiry after an envelope with photos of killings in the Soviet Union in World War II was handed in anonymously.

"In total there are 50 photos, some of which show very drastic deaths, such as hangings, as well as corpses on the ground and bodies piled into German army trucks," spokesman Andreas Brendel told AFP.

"There are German army soldiers in some of the photos but it is unclear if they are also the perpetrators of these killings."

He said that it was also unclear whether the victims were Jews or other local civilians or Soviet prisoners of war. The photos were taken in the summer or autumn of 1941 after Germany invaded Russia in Operation Barbarossa.

"This is the first time that an investigation of this kind has been launched," said Brendel, head of the central Nazi war crimes body and a public prosecutor in the western city of Dortmund.

A note accompanying the photos when they were handed in January 2010 said that they were found during renovation work on a house in the town of Eschweiler in the early 1960s, he added.

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  • Koldo posted:

    on 27th January 2011, 03:43:03 - Reply

    One more time we see that "someone" drops a set of photos showing German sodiers killing jews, either in Russia or Poland or France. What I know is that Irving and Faurisson have proved many times the forgery of photos, done by the jews, showing the usual German soldier as a bad guy. I can understand that a prosecutor was appointed to go after former German soldiers, even if the are 90 years old, because otherwise the economic crash would be monumental; But I also think that enough is enough because I feel holocausted with so many lies.
    Check your email, because later I will send the proof to my statements