Robert Kempner Prosecuted Nazis


August 17, 1993

BERLIN -- Robert M. W. Kempner, a 93-year-old legal scholar who was hounded from Germany by the Gestapo but returned to prosecute Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg tribunal, died Sunday in his home near Frankfurt.

Mr. Kempner helped to convict Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, Albert Speer, Martin Bormann and Joachim von Ribbentrop was also among the first to call for the arrest of Adolf Hitler -- in 1931, even before the Nazi leader came to power.

Although in poor health in recent months, Mr. Kempner, using the credibility of his success in bringing the Nazi leadership to judgment at Nuremberg, called for an international tribunal to bring similar charges against politicians and generals responsible for war crimes in the former Yugoslavia.

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