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The World : W. Germans Free Ex-Nazi

October 28, 1987

Reinhold Kulle, a former Nazi SS guard deported this week from the United States, is a free man because West German authorities have been unable to find grounds to prosecute him, the Bonn government said. Kulle, 66, a former Chicago area school custodian, was accused of hiding his past when he entered the United States 30 years ago. Alfred Streim, West Germany's chief Nazi crimes prosecutor, said a preliminary investigation turned up "no indications of a crime that still can be prosecuted." Under West German law, suspected Nazi criminals can be prosecuted only for murder because the statute of limitations has elapsed for other crimes.

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