Three acquitted in Nazi war crimes trials seek rest

October 01 1946
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NUREMBERG, Oct. 1, 1946 (UP) - The three free men of Nuremberg, Hjalmar Schacht, Hans Fritzsche and Franz von Papen, told correspondents today that they want "rest, oblivion and plenty of space."

This was their comment when they visited the Nuremberg newsroom a few minutes after being released from prison after their acquittal on war crimes charges by the international military tribunal.

There seemed to be no further bar to the future freedom of Schacht and Fritzsche but Von Papen still is sought by Austria for trial as a war criminal in Vienna.

Schacht told correspondents: "I plan to join my wife and my two little girls and then disappear in some quiet place and never see anything of the press again."

Asked where he would be tonight, he snapped, "That's what I would like to know, too."

The trio met with correspondents shortly after being given their freedom by Col. Burton C. Andrus, Nuremberg prison chief.

Schacht, his hands locked behind his back, his head bowed and a rather dazed expression on his face, walked into the Nuremberg press room a free man for the first time in a year and a half.

He said that his one desire now was to be reunited with his wife and two children. He expressed hope that he would "never see the press again."

Von Papen was equally eager to leave the spotlight and Fritzsche had little to say.

Thirty photographers, barred from the sentencing, obtained the court's permission to photograph the acquitted defendants, but their first act as free men was to refuse the request.

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